DP Core

The core is made up of three required components, which aim to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. 

The three core components are: 

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. 
  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating with a 4,000-word paper. 
  • Creativity, activity, service, in which students undertake and engage in activities related to each of the three strands.