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IB Diploma Programme

There are two ways in which students can follow the IB curriculum at ISH. They can become IB Diploma candidates and attempt the full programme or they can choose to study individual subjects and take IB examinations (courses) in these subjects.

Students may enrol in the two year IB Diploma Programme upon departmental recommendation. To qualify for the IB Diploma, the full IB course of study must be followed. This entails passing examinations in six subject areas, three at higher level and three at standard level, completing an Extended Essay which is an independent research study, a course in the Theory of Knowledge and participation in CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) activities.

The International School Hamburg has been offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) since 1979. It is recognised as a pre-university course and is designed to facilitate the mobility of students, and to promote international understanding.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous two year programme of academic study.

Programme Model

At the heart of the curriculum lies the IB learner profile which has 10 elements to it. The profile aims to develop learners who are:

·     Inquirers

·     Knowledgeable

·     Thinkers

·     Communicators

·     Principled

·     Open-minded

·     Caring

·     Risk-takers

·     Balanced

·     Reflective

Each subject area will strive to develop the characteristics of the learner profile over two years of study. Core to the Diploma Programme lies Community Activity and Service (CAS), Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.

Then comes the 6 subject areas or groups as they are known within the IBDP. These 6 subject groups are as follows:

Group 1 - Studies in language and literature – Language A

Group 2 - Language acquisition – Language B

Group 3 - Individuals and societies

Group 4 - Sciences

Group 5 - Mathematics

Group 6 - The Arts

Subjects Offered at ISH

ISH faculty are very experienced in delivering the programme and students from the school consistently achieve IBDP results above the world average. Students may select from a range of subjects* from within the 6 IB subject groups:

IB Diploma Subjects offered at the International School of Hamburg

*All subjects are available if there is sufficient student demand.

In order to qualify for the full IB Diploma students must pick two Languages (one at least as a language A course) one Maths course, one Science and one course from the Humanities. The sixth subject maybe from the Arts or one other language, Science or Arts. Three of the subjects should be taken at higher level and three at Standard Level. Students must also complete an Extended Essay (which is an independent research study), a course in the Theory of Knowledge and participation in CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) activities.

It may also be possible for students to take other language A or B courses through our school supported tutor programme.

Benefits of studying the IBDP

It is widely recognised for university entry

It seeks to develop skills applicable to future employment

It offers breadth and depth of learning

It develops students ability to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them

It forms part of the IB continuum as it builds on the skills and knowledge developed within the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

IB Diploma Programme Model