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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at students aged 16–19.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.

Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.

The IB makes the claim that:

"DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them, according to one study".

No evidence is presented in this regard - at least on the IB web site or that we could find, however there is no doubt with more subjects studied over a shorter period of time than its peer, the A' Level, IB students do need to plan their time very, very effectively.

The DP is preceded by the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP).

"The three programmes are philosophically aligned, each centred on developing attributes of the IB learner profile. The programmes are consistent in their pedagogical approach."

Despite this many schools follow the IB at Diploma level do not follow the IB MYP - but instead opt for GCSE.

There are a number of reasons for this. IB requires strong teachers - it is almost entirely dependant on what your school and teachers put into it compared to the GCSE which is considerably more perscriptive in terms of syllabus and methodologies of delivery. Most importantly however there is no paper-based assesment - the MYP does not end in a recognized qualification, while GCSE does. 

In fact for many UAE and some US universities GCSE is sufficient for entrance, while the IB MYP would not be. 

At least partially because of this many UAE schools opt for the GCSE up to 16 and then the IBDP from post 16 education.

For more information on IB, and specifically IB vs A' Level follow these links.

IB versus the Primary Years Programme
2016's Best IB Diploma Schools
IB and A' Levels - the difference is the student
A' Level vs IB - why/when to choose a British based education?
A Level vs IB - why choose IB?
A' Level or IB - Why a combined curriculum works best
The Best IB Diploma Schools in Abu Dhabi



33 UAE Schools offering IB DP

School name Emirate Community
Abu Dhabi International School Abu Dhabi Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Al Bateen Academy Abu Dhabi Al Manaseer
Al Mamoura Academy Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Al Nahyan
American Community School Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Khalidiya
American International School Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Al Reehan
Amity International Abu Dhabi Al Bahya
Australian International School Sharjah Muweileh
Australian School of Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Shakhbout City
British International School Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Shakhbout City
Dar Al Marefa Dubai Mirdif
Deira International School Dubai Festival City
Dubai International Academy Dubai Emirates Hills
Dwight School Dubai Dubai Jumeirah Golf Estates
Emirates International School Jumeirah Dubai Umm Suqeim
Emirates International School Meadows Dubai The Meadows
GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi Khalifa City A
GEMS International School Al Khail Dubai Al Khail
GEMS Modern Academy Dubai Nad al Sheba
GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai Dubai Silicon Oasis
GEMS World Academy Dubai Dubai Al Barsha
Greenfield Community School Dubai Dubai Investments Park
Jumeirah Baccalaureate School Dubai Jumeirah
Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches Dubai Arabian Ranches
Nord Anglia International School Dubai Dubai Al Barsha
North London Collegiate School Dubai Dubai Sobha Hartland
Raffles World Academy Dubai Umm Suqeim
Raha International School, Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Khalifa City A
Repton School Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Al Reem Island
Repton School Dubai Dubai Nad al Sheba
Swiss International Scientific School Dubai Dubai Dubai Healthcare City Phase 2
Towheed Iranian Boys School Dubai Al Quoz
Universal American School Dubai Festival City
Uptown School Dubai Mirdif