There are numerous benefits for students who choose the Diploma Programme (DP). The programme aims to develop students to have a strong breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically. DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them IB students follow the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme, prepare an Extended Essay and take the Theory of Knowledge course.

The IB Diploma is considered a gold standard qualification and is recognised by universities globally. The prestigious course offers a broad, balanced programme of study across six subjects: three at higher level and three at standard level, inclusive of a language and a science-based subject.

Designed by the International Baccalaureate Organization, The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous and balanced educational programme for students between the ages of 16 and 19. The course is taught over a two-year period culminating in external examinations and internal assessments, providing excellent preparation for university and adult life.

Upon graduation of the IBDP, graduates receive an internationally recognised qualification that is highly regarded among the world’s leading universities for its depth and rigour. DP students are prepared for the demanding workloads and taught how to manage their time effectively to meet the expectations of the course. To complete the course IBDP students participate in the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme, prepare an Extended Essay, and take the Theory of Knowledge course.

To support students and parents as they make the decision about the Diploma, we have devised a series of “Pathways” talks. We also run an Options Fair, for both parents and students to explore the course components and the subject options that are available. We aim to ensure families are well-informed of the intricacies of both curriculum pathways before students make their final decisions. While studying on this course, students develop specialised knowledge and skills in areas that interest them.


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More than simply a qualification, the IB Diploma provides a distinctive educational experience. It allows students to study a wide range of subjects throughout their final 2 years at school, while giving them the freedom to choose which subjects they wish to study in greater depth in preparation for university study.

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The IB Diploma offers a broad, balanced programme of study across six subjects: three at higher level and three at standard level. The selected subjects must include a language and a science option. Students select the six subjects by choosing one from each of the following groups:


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Spanish A – Spanish and Literature


English B HL for all and French B for those who want to incorporate a third language


Economics and Business Management in English, History, Global Politics and Business Management in Spanish.


Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Spanish or English), Environmental Systems and Societies, Computer Science and Sports Sciences, Exercise and Health


Mathematics Analysis and Approaches and Mathematics Applications and Interpretation. Both at HL and SL.


Visual Arts and Cinema or a second subject from Groups 2, 3 or 4.

*Please note that if your child is planning to undertake the IB Diploma as a pathway to a European university, then it is important that your family is aware of specific country/university requirements regarding the Diploma.


Recognition of the Diploma Programme at Colegio San Patricio

The International Baccalaureate is a system with great recognition throughout the world that allows access to the best universities, many of which have specific protocols and admission processes for students from the International Baccalaureate.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Colegio San Patricio promotes the motivation and stimulation of students that is not only focused on their academic profile, but also on their personal and professional one. 

The International Baccalaureate students at Colegio San Patricio obtain high results, above the average grades, and mostly access the university of choice. 


Advantages Of Pursuing The Diploma Program In San Patricio Madrid

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will be pursued at Colegio San Patricio through the Bilingual Diploma Programme. 

The student who studies under the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme will be examined at the end of the second year of the subjects of the different groups. International Baccalaureate graduates enter university under the same conditions as the students that pursued the National Baccalaureate. 


Our personalized education and continuous follow-up allow each student to undergo their Diploma Program constantly supported by a teacher who will guide them to ensure they get the best results in this demanding system.

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Hear It From Our International Baccalaureate Alumni

Listen to the testimony of our alumni. According to them, studying IB at Colegio San Patricio has been the way to fulfil their university dreams. They have been able to access the highest-scoring careers of the Spanish and foreign universities, have accessed the works and projects that they always wanted and have also had a personal experience and made lifelong friends. 

We offer the option of National and International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma Program) with outstanding results.