Cologne International School | IB Diploma Programme
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The IB Diploma Programme

We have chosen to offer our higher students the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) because we value the broad range of subjects offered and believe that this programme will provide them with the knowledge, competencies and understanding required at university and beyond. Most of all, we are committed to developing the values promoted in the IB Learner Profile.


The IBDP consists of three core components and six subject groups

The Diploma Core
  • Theory of Knowledge ensures that IB learners are thinking critically in all of their subjects
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) helps students maintain a balance between academic study and their extracurricular lives
  • The Extended Essay enables students to develop the research skills required of university students
The Six Option Blocks

Students choose one subject from each block.

Block 1 – English

  • English A: Language & Literature (Higher Level or Standard Level) – for students with a native speakers’ level
  • English B (HL) – a foreign language course (CEFR level B2)
  • Self-Taught, School-Supported Language A: Literature (SL)  – the student’s mother tongue

Block 2 – Additional Language

  • German A: Language and Literature (HL or SL) – for students with a native speakers’ level
  • German B (HL or SL) – a foreign language course (CEFR levels B1 – B2)
  • German ab initio (SL) – a beginners’ German course (leading to CEFR level A2)
  • Spanish B (HL or SL) – a foreign language course (CEFR levels B1 – B2)
  • French B (HL or SL) – a foreign language course (CEFR levels B1 – B2)

Block 3 – Individuals and Societies 

  • History (HL or SL)
  • Geography (HL or SL)
  • Business Management (HL or SL)

Block 4 – Sciences 

  • Biology (HL or SL)
  • Physics (HL or SL)
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only) – a transdisciplinary science/humanities course

Block 5 – Mathematics 

  • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (HL or SL)
  • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL or SL)

* These will be taught from August, 2019

Block 6 – Arts and Electives 

  • Visual Arts (HL or SL)
  • Psychology (HL or SL)
  • Chemistry (HL or SL)
  • Music (HL or SL)

The IBDP is an interdisciplinary model, which means that the concepts taught in one subject are often viewed through the prism of another subject. For example, we would encourage students and teachers to reconsider historic and economic events studied in humanities subjects when discussing works of literature.


For further information on the IB Diploma Programme in general, please go directly to the IBDP Website. Should you have questions specifically about our programme, please contact our IB Diploma Coordinator, Mr. Edward Parker.

Similar to the lower and middle grades, also in the upper level we strive to maintain a well-balanced programme, with exciting trips and social projects to complement students’ academic development. Geography and Science students take part in a fieldwork-based trip on the Welsh coast, for example, and Literature students go to Dresden to explore the context of the novel ‘Slaughterhouse Five’. We also have an exchange programme in Accra, Ghana, where students visit our partner IB school and teach at an underprivileged children’s centre. In the CAS programme, students tutor the elderly in computer literacy and support Habitat for Humanity in Latin America.

At this point in their school career, university and career counselling plays a vital role to students looking forward to the next phase of their lives after receiving their IB Diploma. We host and visit international university and career fairs, enabling the young adults to learn about the various options available to them. Our university counselor guides students through the application process, offering support on application essays and interview preparation.

IB Diploma Results

More than 150,000 students worldwide take the IB Diploma, achieving an average score of 30 out of 45 points (as per the IB Diploma Programme Statistical Bulletin).


We are extremely proud of our growing cohort of IBDP students and their exceptional results over the past three years, given our inclusive policy:





*Average pass rate: 90%

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University Destinations

University of Guelph (Real Estate Management)


University of Cologne (Spanish)
RWTH Aachen University (Business Administration and Engineering, Computer Science)


University of Oulu (International Teacher Training)


International Business School, Budapest (Hotel Management)


Tilburg University (International Sociology)
TU Delft (Aerospace Engineering)
University of Groningen (Psychology)

King’s College London (History, Liberal Arts)
Richmond University (International Relations)
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (International Relations)
University College London (Biomedical Science)
University of East Anglia (Creative Writing)
University of Greenwich (Psychology)
University of Northampton (Business Psychology)
University of Southampton (International Relations)
University of West London (Creative Writing, TV Production)
University of Westminster (Architecture)


Michigan State (Engineering, Liberal Arts)
New York University (Biology)
Toledo University, Ohio (Biomedical Science with a scholarship)