The IB Diploma is a broader and more balanced programme than its main competitor the UK A’ levels while still garnering universal respect for its academic rigour. Because of the requirement to study 6 subjects (rather than the traditional 3 or 4 at A’ Level), students are able to keep their future study and career options open longer. In addition, IB Diploma students study Theory of Knowledge, and submit an extended essay and a portfolio of their Community, Action and Service (CAS) work, resulting in a more rounded student and person who is better equipped for success at university and in work life beyond.
- The IB Diploma is recognized by hundreds of top universities around the world including all of the Ivy League schools in the US and both Oxford and Cambridge Universities in UK
- When UK Universities Admissions Officers were asked in the most recent (2016) ACS survey which qualification they felt to be best for students to be able to thrive at university 10% more chose the IB Diploma than chose A’ levels
- UK Admissions officers in the same survey said they believed the IB diploma to be better than A’ levels at:
- Encouraging independent inquiry
- Nurturing an open mind
- Developing self-management skills
- Nurturing communications skills
….they also felt that IB Diploma graduates are more likely to successfully complete their degrees
- The Institute of Education research demonstrates that IB students with points of 37 or more are 5.4% more likely to achieve upper second class degrees (or better) than their equivalent A Level colleagues.
- Former IB Diploma students in the United States (US) are significantly more likely to attend a ‘selective’ or ‘highly selective’ institution compared to the average US college-goer.
- In the UK, former IB Diploma students are more than twice as likely attend a top 20 university than the average A’ Level student.
- An analysis of the recognition policies of the top universities in the US reveals that most of these institutions grant credits or advanced standing for high performance in IB Diploma courses.
“I have absolutely no doubt that the IB is better than the national curriculum (A’ Levels). The breadth of subjects allows students to be much better prepared for life beyond school.”
Paul Coates, CAS coordinator and
House Master, Sidcot International School, UK
“I wanted to be able to study a strong science programme and languages at the same time, which IB offered.”
Samantha Nixon, IBDP graduate