What is CAS?
Creativity, Activity, Service
CAS is one of the three elements in the IB core Diploma Programme, along with TOK and the Extended Essay. It involves students in a range of enjoyable and significant experiences, as well as a CAS project.
How is CAS structured?
The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterised as follows:
Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP.
Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.
What is the significance of CAS?
CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for independent goal setting, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment.
IB guidance on CAS:
Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma. Students reflect on their experiences and provide evidence of achieving the seven learning outcomes.
Length: 18 months and a balance between creativity, activity and service.
Three formal documented interviews throughout the two years.
Reflection is central to building a deep and rich experience in CAS.
A CAS portfolio serves as evidence of the student’s engagement with CAS.
A good CAS programme should be both challenging and enjoyable – a personal journey of self‑discovery.