19. The program provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognised by many universities worldwide. At SVP, DP is offered to Year 11 students.
International research shows that there are many benefits to choosing the DP over other 16-19 curricula.
- DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them, according to one study
- Analysis of DP students in Canada, the UK and the USA found that the DP’s extended essay improves students’ approach to learning in higher education
- 72% of students taking the DP in China attend one of the world’s top 500 universities, according to a 2013 study.
Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses.
This is because of their high levels of objectivity and reliability.
They include :
• structured problems
• short-response questions
• data-response questions
• text-response questions
• case-study questions
• multiple-choice questions (rarely used).
Teacher assessmentis also used for most courses.
• fieldwork in geography
• oral work in languages
• laboratory work in the sciences
• Investigations in mathematics
• artistic performances.
Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to
the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.
Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining three at standard level. It is compulsory for
the students to complete core subjects.
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
The three core elements are:
• Theory of knowledge (TOK), in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
• The extended essay (EE), 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.
The six subject groups are:
1. Studies in language and literature
2. Language acquisition
3. Individual and societies
• Group 1 – English A: language and literature SL
• Group 2 – Indonesian A: language and literature HL
• Group 3 – Business Management SL
• Group 4 – Physics HL
• Group 5 – Mathematics HL
• Group 6 – Chemistry SL
• Group 1 – English A: language and literature HL
• Group 2 – Indonesian A: language and literature SL
• Group 3 – Economics HL
• Group 4 – Environmental systems and societies SL
• Group 5 – Mathematics studies SL
• Group 6 – Business Management HL