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Diploma Programme developments

Approaches to learning

Approaches to learning (ATL) underpins the IB belief that a large influence on a student’s education is how you learn, not only what you learn. ATL has always been a part of IB teaching but now the skills of effective learning are becoming more explicit, aligning the DP with the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programmes (MYP). The IB is developing a new guide and new tools to support DP schools, teachers and students with ATL.

DP curriculum review

All DP curriculums are reviewed on a seven-year teaching cycle to ensure that each is fit for purpose in a changing world and incorporates the latest educational research and lessons learned from a thorough evaluation of the existing curriculum. Courses are either reviewed individually or together with other subjects in their group.  Read more about the DP curriculum review and development process here.

2014 courses

You can download the IB subject briefs for a description of all DP courses and their curriculum and assessment model.

The following courses are scheduled for first teaching or first assessment in 2014.

Courses with first teaching:

Courses with first assessments:

Classical languages
Business management
Design technology
Visual arts

Sports, health and exercise science
Computer science
Further mathematics
Mathematical studies

The following documents offer detailed information about the course content (syllabus outline) and assessment overview of IB Diploma Programme courses after their last curriculum review:

Course changes from 2015 onwards

Global Politics

Global politics has been piloting since 2012 and will be made available as a mainstream subject to all DP schools in 2015. This course explores fundamental political concepts, such as power, equality, sustainability and peace, in a range of contexts and through a variety of approaches. It allows students to develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity, as well as allowing them the opportunity to explore political issues affecting their own lives.

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All DP curriculums are reviewed on a seven-year teaching cycle. Download here the overview of first teaching and assessment of new curriculums (per subject and per year).

Diploma Programme at a glance


Professional development