AP International Diploma (APID)

Advanced Placement (AP)

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The AP is considered the High School standard of academic excellence in the US, and is increasingly accepted as a quality university entrance qualification in Europe and the rest of the world.
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College Board Advanced Placement Programme® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.

The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Programme that high schools and corresponding examinations that are administered once a year. Students have the opportunity to dig deeper into subjects that interest them, develop advanced skills, and learn to tap their analytical potential. Most US colleges and universities offer credit or placement for successful AP examination results.


AP courses are fully recognised

AP courses are fully recognised in the United States and Canada, where approximately 3,000 colleges and universities take part in the programme. The vast majority of universities that receive AP grades grant credit or advanced placement for successful examination results.

In addition, each year the AP programme confers awards to High School students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their AP examinations.

IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)

AP International Diploma (APID)

It requires students to display mastery on AP Exams across several disciplines, and represents an exceptional level of achievement.

Students must earn scores of 3 or higher on five or more total AP Exams, allowing students to demonstrate that they have exceeded most university entry requirements, and some of the most competitive scholarship awards consider students’ AP Exam scores. Many universities also use AP Exam scores to place students into honours classes.

Currently available at ACS Cobham and ACS Doha from 2022

AP Capstone Diploma

AP Capstone Diploma (APCD)

ACS is proud to be one of the first international schools around the world – and currently the only school in Europe – to offer this exciting new programme. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of a new, two-year High School course sequence — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

Combining Scholarly Practice with Academic Intensity

AP Capstone was developed in response to feedback from higher education. The two AP Capstone courses, with their associated performance tasks, assessments, and application of research methodology, complement the rigour of AP courses and exams by equipping students with the power to analyse and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.

Available at ACS Cobham, ACS Hillingdon and ACS Doha from 2022

AP Courses at ACS


English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition


Calculus AB

Computer Science

Computer Science A



Social Studies

European History
United States History

World Languages



Studio Art 2D and 3D


* Please note that not all courses are available every year at every school.

AP Awards

Awards Requirements
AP Scholar Grades of 3 or higher on three or more full-year AP exams
AP Scholar with Honour Grades of 3 or higher on four or more full-year AP exams avg. exams grade of 3.25
AP Scholar with Distinction Grades of 3 or higher on five or more full-year AP exams; avg. exam grade of 3.5
AP International Scholar The one male and one female student in the world with the highest grades on the greatest number of full-year AP exams. Student must attend a school outside the US.