Diploma Programme Subjects and Activities

The Diploma Progamme seeks to educate a well-rounded student. Each student will select a subject from groups 3-6. One of the requirements is that students study two languages. Students who are native speakers of Norwegian, will be placed in Norwegian A and English A. Students who are non-native speakers of Norwegian will be placed in English A and Norwegian B. Click on the hyperlinks to learn more about the subjects. 

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

        English A Language and Literature  (Required)

        Norwegian A Literature

Group 2: Language Acquisition

        Norwegian B

Group 3: Individuals and Society

        Global Politics  (Required)

        History (SL only)

Group 4: Sciences



        Physics (SL only)

Group 5: Mathematics          

        Analysis and Approaches (SL only)

        Approaches and Interpretations (SL only)

Group 6: The Arts

        Visual Arts (conditional)

The Diploma Core is TOK, EE and CAS.

The Diploma Core:

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a required course. The course is unique in the way that itis specifically designed to develop critical thinking skills, and to reflect on what we know and the implications knowledge has. There are two assessments that occur in the second year, the TOK exhibition and the TOK essay. Here are a few examples of the types of questions we aim to answer: 

  • Who owns knowledge?
  • Why do we seek knowledge?
  • Are some things unknowable?
  • How can we be certain what we know is true?

Creativity, Action, Service 

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) encourages students to strike a balance outside of school and to find out what it is they truly love to do. The DP encourages students to engage in weekly activities that help them grow outside of academics. 

Examples of CAS:

  • Creativity
    • Making a cookbook 
    • Art Club
    • Writing movie reviews
  • Action
    • Playing football 
    • Hiking
    • Skiing
  • Service
    • Organizing a beach clean-up
    • Volunteering with Rødt Kors
    • Volunteering with Playmakers Arendal

Extended Essay

The Extended Essay (EE)is a 4,000 word research paper that is carried out by the student with supervision and support from a relevant  subject teacher. The student decides the subject and line of inquiry for their essay and will have several months to plan, research, development, write and revise their essay. 


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