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Diploma Programme

As an IB school, the Diploma Programme is critical to preparing our students for life beyond our campus. At UWC Thailand, the DP is designed to be both academically challenging and balanced, with externally marked final examinations that prepare students for success at university and life beyond. The programme is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities as a world-class college preparatory programme.

The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups (explained below) and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE). 

Subjects in the DP are grouped according to their similarity (biology and chemistry for example). To ensure students acquire a breadth of experience, the DP programme is structured so that students must complete at least one course in each subject group from 1-5 (Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, and Mathematics). For their sixth course, students may choose a group 6 subject (the Arts), or another course in Sciences, Individuals and Societies, or Languages. Within this course selection, students must also choose between higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) options. When taking higher level courses, students are “expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills”. Higher level courses comprise 240 teaching hours, compared to 150 teaching hours for standard level courses. To complete the full Diploma Programme, at least three subjects (and no more than four) must be taken at higher level, while the other three may be taken at standard level.


The Diploma Programme Core

In addition to six subjects, Diploma students at UWC Thailand complete three core elements of the Diploma Programme designed to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. These are:

1. The Extended Essay: Students engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The World Studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance, which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects. This research essay is 4,000 words and there is an additional 500 word reflection.

2. Theory of Knowledge: TOK develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.

3. Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS): CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the DP. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Activity seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

UWC Thailand Diploma Programme Curriculum

In each tab below is an overview of the UWC Thailand International School Diploma Programme curriculum from grades 11 to 12. The DP organises teaching and learning through six subject groups, underpinned by the DP core.

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