Diploma Programme

In the final two years, students follow the Diploma Programme (DP). The DP is a programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, which addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. Students who successfully complete this programme are awarded the IB Diploma, providing access to universities and institutions of further education worldwide.

The DP is also open to all Dutch students who have a HAVO diploma or are promoted to 5 VWO. In addition, all students need to be fluent in spoken and written English.

At the AICS, in line with its philosophy, each student is guided to achieve to the best of his or her ability. The AICS takes account both of achievement grades and approaches to learning.

Curriculum

The DP curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.

The DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. The DP core is made up of the following three core elements: 

Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.

The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

Creativity, activity, service (CAS), in which students complete a project related to those three concepts. At the AICS, we value CAS as a means of educating students beyond the classroom. Engaging in CAS promotes international mindedness and harnesses a spirit of discovery.

 

There are six subject groups, with different courses within each subject group. Students are required to choose one subject from each of the six subject groups: three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).

Subject group Subjects
1. Studies in Language and Literature English Literature, English Language and Literature, Dutch Language and Literature
2. Language Acquisition English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish
3. Individuals and Societies Geography, History, Economics, Business Management
4. Experimental Sciences Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Systems & Societies
5. Mathematics and Computer Science Mathematics, Mathematical Studies
6. The Arts Visual Arts, Music

There are six subject groups, with different courses within each subject group. Students are required to choose one subject from each of the six subject groups: three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).