Home >
Academics > IB Programmes > Diploma Programme
About ISHAdmissionsAcademicsSchool GuidelinesSchool LifeActivities and AthleticsCommunity
International School of Helsinki

Diploma Programme

Those students who qualify for the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme complete an externally examined two-year course of study.

Students select one subject from each of six categories offered by the school. Three of these subjects will be at the Higher level (demanding) and three will be at the Standard level (less demanding). The courses of study are reviewed on a yearly basis. In addition, DP students must complete 250 hours of community, action, service (CAS), write an extended essay, and complete a theory of knowledge course (TOK).

The International Baccalaureate Organization requires us to keep all the stakeholders informed about the implementation and the delivery of the 3 IB Programmes. Click the following link to view the DP General Regulations.

Courses offered

Detailed information regarding the ISH diploma and the IB diploma can be found in the programme handbook for grades 11 and 12. This handbook is available from Brian Ellum, the DP coordinator.

English A Language and Literature (Standard or Higher)
Finnish A Literature (Standard or Higher)
French A Language and Literature (Standard or Higher)
Self-taught A Literature (Standard)


English B (SL)
English B (HL)
French B (Standard or Higher)
Finnish B (Standard or Higher)
Spanish B
Spanish Ab Initio (Standard)

Information Technology in a Global Society ITGS (Standard or Higher)
Economics (Standard or Higher)
History (Standard or Higher)
Psychology (Standard or Higher)

(Standard or Higher)
Chemistry (Standard or Higher)
Physics (Standard or Higher)
Computer Science (Standard)

Non-Diploma Science Grades 11 and 12

Mathematics Studies (Standard)
Mathematics Standard
Mathematics Higher

Visual Art Year 1&2
Any other subject from the groups 1-5

TOK (theory of knowledge)

TOK is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. The course challenges students to question the basis of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, and to develop the ability to analyse evidence that is expressed in rational argument. TOK is a key element in encouraging students to appreciate other cultural perspectives. The course is unique to the IB, which recommends at least 100 hours of teaching time spanning the programme’s two years.

CAS (creativity, action, service)

The IB’s goal is to educate the whole person and foster responsible, compassionate citizens. The CAS component encourages students to share their energy and special talents with others. Students may, for example, participate in theatre or musical productions, sports, and community service activities. Through these activities, students should develop a greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people.

Extended Essay

Through the 4,000 word extended essay, DP students have the opportunity to investigate a topic in one of 60 subjects, including many languages. The essay requirement acquaints DP students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. The IB recommends that students devote a total of about 40 hours of private study and writing time to the essay.

EVENTS       view all events >

"We empower our students and inspire each other to take thoughtful action"
© 2010 International School of Helsinki     Selkämerenkatu 11     00180 Helsinki, Finland     Tel: +358-9-686 6160                              

powered by finalsite