IB Diploma Programme (DP)

Introduction to the Diploma Programme (DP)

Renaissance College is an authorized IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP).

The Diploma Programme is a pre-university course designed for students aged 16 to 19. In Year 12 and Year 13, students undertake the full IB Diploma Programme or IB Courses. The IB Diploma is widely recognized as the most comprehensive university preparatory programme in the world, building research skills, promoting personal responsibility and encouraging independence.

The IB Diploma Programme is designed for students who have successfully completed their middle years of secondary schooling. Various indicators of this success exist as possible pathways for entry to the IB Diploma Programme:
  • Successful completion of the IB Middle Years Programme 
  • An average, or predicted average, of 5 Grade C’s in the IGCSE examinations
  • New applicants will be admitted to the college and the programme on the basis of school transcripts, written applications, interviews, and admission tests 
Students who have not completed these will still be considered on a case-by-case basis Students successfully completing any of the above will normally be entered into the IB Diploma Programme. Students with grades lower than the requirement but who, in the judgement of the IB Diploma Coordinator, would be suitable candidates for Year 12 entry may be admitted as an IB Courses student. However, all cases will be evaluated on an individual basis, and the College reserves the right to accept or reject any application at its discretion. Students will be counselled on the correct choice of either full Diploma status or Courses status. 


Structure of the IB Diploma Programme

Core Requirements

Extended essay

The extended essay, with a prescribed limit of 4,000 words, offers students the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest and acquaints them with the independent research and writing skills expected at tertiary level.

Theory of knowledge (TOK)

The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across all disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Participation in the school’s CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering their awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.

DP Subjects

General Information

IB Diploma Examination Results

Dates and Deadlines


Jess Davey-Peel – Vice Principal (Secondary)