Diploma Programme (16-19)

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Amity International School Amsterdam offers the IB Diploma Programme classes since August 2022. It is a rewarding and academically rigorous qualification, which is recognised and highly sought after by leading universities across the world. 

There is an emphasis on the development of research and critical reflection and on the importance of individual commitment to creativity, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and service to others.  

Amity International School Amsterdam is an authorised International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme (DP) school since May 2022.

The IB DP takes a holistic approach to teaching and learning and prepares students for university life and beyond with an emphasis on key transferable skills and attributes identified in the IB Learner Profile.  
The range of assessment within the DP develops critical, higher-order thinking and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme? 

The IB Diploma is recognised by universities around the world as an entrance qualification and prepares students well for their undergraduate studies.

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous academic course that develops lifelong learners by putting personal development at its core. We believe this programme is the right educational journey for our students because they will: 

  • learn to manage their own learning and develop critical thinking skills
  • engage with people in an increasingly globalised world
  • enhance their cultural awareness
  • gain access to the world’s top universities.

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Our IB Diploma Programme journey

Amity International School Amsterdam offers the two-year course leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma for students ages 16 through 19, providing a seamless transition from our Middle Years Programme.

Our students enjoy the small close-knit community Amity International School Amsterdam provides. The IB Diploma Programme class sizes never exceed 24 students.  
This means our students benefit from individual attention and feedback which ensures they can enhance their performance.  Our dedicated teachers offer a range of perspectives to aid the student’s global awareness.

What will students learn?

One of the key features of the IB Diploma is its comprehensive nature, meaning that students study a range of disciplines. IB students choose six courses from six subject areas.  
Three courses are taken at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). In addition, students study the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Activity, and Service (CAS) and produce a 4000-word Extended Essay (EE).

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Subject Groups in the IB Diploma Programme

The DP is made up of six subject groups with three components in the core as. Our school will offer a range of IB Diploma Programme courses within the following six subject groups:

  • Studies in language and literature;
  • Language acquisition;
  • Individuals and societies;
  • Sciences;
  • Mathematics;
  • The arts.

The DP Core

The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, together with the Extended Essay (EE) and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) are three additional academic requirements unique to the DP.

Subject Groups Academic Year 2022-2023

As candidates for the IB Diploma Programme, students are required to select one subject from each of Groups 1-5 and a sixth subject, either from Group 6 or a second subject from Group 3 or 4. At least 3, and no more than 4, of the subjects, must be completed at Higher Level (HL).

For 2022-2023, Amity International School Amsterdam is offering the following subjects:

1. Studies in Language and Literature 


English Language and Literature (SL, HL) 

Dutch Language and Literature (SL, HL) 

For other self-taught languages please contact the DP Coordinator 

2. Language Acquisition 

English Language Acquisition (SL, HL) 

French Language Acquisition (SL, HL) 

French ab initio

3. Individuals and Societies 

Economics (SL, HL) 

Business Management (SL, HL) 

4. Sciences 

Chemistry (SL, HL) 

Biology (SL, HL)

5. Mathematics 

Mathematics – Applications and Interpretations (HL,SL) 

6. The Arts 

Music (SL, HL) 


Several other options may be available using Pamoja, a provider of online taught courses which is approved by the International Baccalaureate Organisation.  
For further information on the IB Diploma Programme courses above, as well as those offered by Pamoja, please see the course selection guide below.  

More Requirements to Complete IB Diploma  

Students are expected to achieve certain score markers on their exams for receiving the IB Diploma. To be more specific, they must score 24 points or more between all their IB exams. Here are a few other requirements you need to fulfil to receive your diploma:  

  • All CAS requirements must be met  
  • There must be no grade “N” awarded for TOK, the Extended Essay, or a contributing subject 
  • There must be no grade “E” awarded for TOK or the Extended Essay  
  • There is no grade 1 at any level  
  • Not more than two-grade 2s are awarded (SL or HL) 
  • There are not more than three-grade 3s or below awarded 
  • At least 12 points must be gained on HL subjects 
  • At least 9 points must be gained on SL subjects  
  • The student has not received any penalty for misconduct from the final award committee


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