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 Certificate. 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.

Students are not ranked at Renaissance College and there is a maximum of 20 students in any IB Diploma class.

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, action, 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 

Students must study one subject from each of the following:


Jess Davey-Peel
Vice Principal (Secondary)

General Information

Diploma Programme – FAQs
Diploma Programme Prospectus
IBDP and IB Courses
Chinese Language Options at RCHK
Links Between DP Subject Choices and University Programmes
IB Programme Standards and Practices
IBDP Grade Descriptors
General Regulations: Diploma Programme
Applied Learning Pathway
Diploma Programme Requirements and Failing Conditions

RCHK Academic Honesty Policy

Dates and Deadlines — Calendar

Year 12 Diploma Academic Calendar

Year 13 Diploma Academic Calendar

Year 12 Core Sessions Calendar

Year 13 Core Sessions Calendar

May 2020 Examination Timetable

Options Evening Information

IB Diploma and IB Courses Options for Year 11

IB Diploma Examination Results