The Structure of the Diploma Programme

Students are required to follow a broad and balanced curriculum which includes core co-curricular commitments in Service, Physical and Creative activities. Students choose six academic subjects, three at Higher and three at Standard Level, plus a seventh, Theory of Knowledge, which helps build interdisciplinary links in the students’ minds.

The curriculum, calendar and timetable at the College are designed to enable students to follow an individual development path within the structure of the curriculum so that they engage with all aspects of the UWC mission. In addition students are expected to show creativity and initiative in developing their own programme either during the summer vacation between year one and two and during project week, in mission focus periods and in their own student initiated activities.

The Diploma Programme is inter-disciplinary in nature. Issues raised through academic study in the classroom are developed in a broader light through community involvement and real world engagement. Students serve in the community, organise conferences, and run focus weeks.

Each student is required to record and reflect on their progress and consider options in individual meetings with their tutor over the course of two years. Academic qualifications are determined independently according to the protocols of the International Baccalaureate Organization.

At a fundamental level the programme assumes that each is a member of a shared community, one which is culturally diverse and international in scope with values built on mutual responsibility and respect.


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