Subjects and Core Elements


All students entering the two-year IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Aarhus Gymnasium study the subject courses offered by the International Baccalaureate and our students sit the IB’s widely-recognised examinations. To complete the IB Diploma, students must ordinarily choose one subject from Groups 1 to 5, and then a sixth subject chosen either from Group 6, or from Groups 1 to 4. A large number of our students choose to do two Group 1 languages (which anulls the requirement for a Group 2 language). Students who complete the IBDP with two Group 1 languages are awarded a Bilingual IB Diploma.

In addition, students must also complete the IB Diploma Programme’s ‘core’ which consists of a course in Theory of Knowledge, a programme of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and an Extended Essay (4,000 words) in a subject of their choice.

AARHUS GYMNASIUM currently offers the following IB Diploma Programme subjects:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

Danish A Literature, English A Language and Literature, English A Literature, School-Supported Self-Taught A Literature

Group 2: Language Acquisition

Danish B, Danish ab initio, English B, French ab initio, German B, Spanish ab initio

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Global Politics, History, Psychology, Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS), Physics

Group 5: Mathematics 

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (SL / HL)

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL / HL)

Group 6: The Arts

Music, Visual Arts

Descriptions of the individual subjects can be found by choosing 'Diploma Programme Subject Briefs' here.

Self-Taught Literature, ab initio languages, Psychology and ESS are only available at Standard Level (SL). For the full Diploma, students must take three subjects at Higher and three at Standard Level. Higher Level (HL) subjects entail additional curricular requirements, more exams and greater depth of analysis.

Subject selection is important with regards to university possibilities, so we recommend that students discuss selections with student counsellors, parents, teachers etc. We also cooperate with Studievalg Østjylland to provide up to date information on university applications and requirements.