Teaching and Learning Environment in the Diploma Programme


The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16-19. The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity, Service, and the Extended Essay.

Dar al Marefa is authorised by the IBO to offer the Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. We are one of 20 schools in Dubai which currently offer the IB DP, and the only school to offer a fully bilingual IB Programme in Arabic and English.

The International Baccalaureate Curriculum Diploma Programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The broad and balanced education lets students fully explore their own culture and language, encouraging students to reflect at a personal and academic level.

Graduating with the DP enhances students’ opportunities at university, as it is widely recognised, allowing mobility for students.


The Diploma Programme

DP is an academically challenging programme for students in grades 11 and 12. It consists of a rigorous pre-university curriculum wherein students study six subjects over the course of two years, complete internal assessments that are moderated abroad, and sit for external examinations in each subject at the end of the programme. Subjects are offered at two levels: Higher Level or Standard Level.

The programme model divides the IB subjects across six academic areas surrounding the core:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Extended Essay (EE)
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Each student can receive a maximum of 42 points in total for the six subjects. DP students have an opportunity to gain three additional points depending on their Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge grades, thereby allowing for a maximum of 45 points (42 points for six subjects + 3 for TOK and EE).

IBDP at Dar Al Marefa


At Dar Al Marefa, a top IB school, there are two streams within grades 11 and 12: the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Diploma Courses. Students are streamed according to academic strengths, teacher recommendations, and students’ plans for future study.

The IB Diploma Courses qualify for Certificate of Equivalency from KHDA. No equivalency is required for the IB Diploma

The IBDP Global Advantage

Both Diploma Programme and Diploma Course students have an excellent chance of entering top universities locally and abroad – both are highly respected by universities worldwide.



Headline Figures for IBDP Students 2020 - 2021


100% Pass Rate

37.2 Average Points

94% Achieving 30+ Points

67% Achieving 35+ Points

44% Achieving 40+ Points

44 Highest Student Score Points


You can find more details in the following press release.



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