Ellesmere College Riyadh

Ellesmere College


Diploma Programme

An outstanding education for students aged 16 -19.
The DP, offered to students aged 16 -19, is a rigorous and comprehensive pre-university course. It includes a range of subjects, in addition to the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, the Extended Essay, and Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS), which are the core subjects. It provides a balanced education while fostering critical thinking and research skills, preparing students for higher education and future careers.

Core Components

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) 

An interdisciplinary course that explores the nature of knowledge and encourages critical thinking about ways of knowing. It encourages students to consider how knowledge is acquired, questioned, and evaluated across different disciplines.

Extended Essay

A self-directed piece of research allows students to explore a topic of personal interest within a subject area. It provides an opportunity to develop research and writing skills and engage in independent critical thinking.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) requires students to engage in a range of activities beyond their academic studies, promoting creativity, active participation, and community service. It fosters personal and interpersonal development while encouraging a balanced lifestyle.

Subject Groups

Students get to choose six subjects from the following subject groups: three of the subjects are studied at a standard level, while the other three subjects are studied at a higher level.
Groups Group Activities
Group 1: Language and Literature
Involves the study of literature, and language. Students explore various texts and develop critical and analytical skills.
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Offers the opportunity to learn an additional language. Focuses on developing communication skills and cultural understanding.
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Covers subjects like history, geography, economics, and philosophy. Emphasizes critical thinking, analysis of human behavior, and societal structures.
Group 4: Sciences
Includes subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental systems. Encourages scientific inquiry and understanding of natural phenomena.
Group 5: Mathematics
Provides a range of mathematics courses designed to meet different abilities and interests. Promotes mathematical reasoning, problem-solving, and real-world applications.
Group 6: The Arts or Electives
Offers a variety of options such as visual arts, music, theatre, or an additional subject from Groups 1-5. Encourages creativity, expression, and personal exploration.

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