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    Hi,
    My name is Emma and I am in Year 11 at the minute; and I am trying to think about what to do next year! I am considering three options:
    -Stay at school and do A-levels in History,Eng Lang,Eng Lit and Geography
    -Go to college and do A-levels in History,Law,Eng Lit and Classic Civillisations
    -Go to college and do IB

    If you are studying the IB programme could you please just tell me a little more about it. There are a few questions I would love to find out the answer to, and any further detail would be really helpful to me.

    • How much detail do you go into in each subject compared to A levels?
    • Is the IB harder than traditional A-levels (will it be more difficult to get into university etc with them)?
    • How hard is it to get the equivilant of AAA or BBB at A level? What I mean is, is it more work for the same or similar end result?
    • Is it more work than A-levels?
    • I have never studied a language before... and the programme at college would require me to study beginners Mandarin or Spanish.... is it really for beginners; would I be able to pass this section?
    • What is the difference between SL and HL - is HL more work or more difficult?
    • Finally, do you regret taking IB?


    Thank you so much for your time, and for providing me with a little more information.

    -Emma
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    Heyy I was doing my GCSE'S in a normal school and moved to and IB school after..I did like 3 months of A-levels with chemistry, biology, maths and further maths .. now since im in an IB school i do 6 subjects which i find really hard :O
    my options are : biology HL, chemistry HL, english A1 HL, Maths SL, Business and french SL.. i wudnt advise u to go to an IB school although its really good.. because in A-levels you have less subjects if you think about it this way.. and you can take your time .. buh in IB its so bulky and the amount of courseworks you get by the end of the first year is incredibly horrible..
    its upto you.. that was my opinion.. i prefer A-levels
    good luck with your decision..
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    BTW..HL is more difficult yes.. SL is less bulky.. buh its like HL is really important to pass in.. unlike SL.. u can only fail one subject out of the 6 u got.. its hard to even get 7's in the HL subjects..
    and u even have to do subjects that u dont like..
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    (Original post by Luthii)
    Heyy I was doing my GCSE'S in a normal school and moved to and IB school after..I did like 3 months of A-levels with chemistry, biology, maths and further maths .. now since im in an IB school i do 6 subjects which i find really hard :O
    my options are : biology HL, chemistry HL, english A1 HL, Maths SL, Business and french SL.. i wudnt advise u to go to an IB school although its really good.. because in A-levels you have less subjects if you think about it this way.. and you can take your time .. buh in IB its so bulky and the amount of courseworks you get by the end of the first year is incredibly horrible..
    its upto you.. that was my opinion.. i prefer A-levels
    good luck with your decision..
    It's not an IB school, it's just a FE college which has a Sixth Form Centre attached - and the Sixth Form Centre runs the iB program
    Hmm...
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    What would a sixth be equivilan to do you think?
    Did you enjoy iB?
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    A 6 is like an A so its quite good buh really hard to get..
    i dont enjoy doing IB.. because i have so much work to do compared to an A-levels..
    buh if your a hard working person IB is really good .. and if your looking forward to go to a good uni x
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    Hmm... it's so hard to decide lol
    Just out of curiosity, how much out-of-class work (research,homework assignments etc) do you do each week? I'll compare that to what my friends doing a levels say
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    (Original post by goodmorningworld)
    Hi,
    My name is Emma and I am in Year 11 at the minute; and I am trying to think about what to do next year! I am considering three options:
    -Stay at school and do A-levels in History,Eng Lang,Eng Lit and Geography
    -Go to college and do A-levels in History,Law,Eng Lit and Classic Civillisations
    -Go to college and do IB

    If you are studying the IB programme could you please just tell me a little more about it. There are a few questions I would love to find out the answer to, and any further detail would be really helpful to me.

    • How much detail do you go into in each subject compared to A levels?
    • Is the IB harder than traditional A-levels (will it be more difficult to get into university etc with them)?
    • How hard is it to get the equivilant of AAA or BBB at A level? What I mean is, is it more work for the same or similar end result?
    • Is it more work than A-levels?
    • I have never studied a language before... and the programme at college would require me to study beginners Mandarin or Spanish.... is it really for beginners; would I be able to pass this section?
    • What is the difference between SL and HL - is HL more work or more difficult?
    • Finally, do you regret taking IB?


    Thank you so much for your time, and for providing me with a little more information.

    -Emma
    I'm not sure about comparison to A Levels in terms of difficulty of work but the workload is much larger I'm pretty sure
    The Ab Initio Language is definitely beginner's
    HL is harder AND more topics
    I don't regret taking IB because I love the breadth. For example I have learned so much in history and even english which I wouldn't in A Levels and the skills are ones that wouldn't be so refined
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    just to warn you this is a very long message!!

    i personally was in exactly the same position as you two years ago, i had no idea whether to do IB or A levels, so i posted a message on TSR and a lot of people told me to do A levels not IB, but i ended up deciding to do IB because i physically couldnt decide what subjects to do...when i started, there wasnt a single subject i didnt want to do, obviously now ive been doing them for a year and a half i have my favourites, but that will always happen.

    taking the IB was the best decision of my life - i love it because i much prefer the syllabus to the a-level ones in most of my subjects, for example in english you do a lot of international authors on top of traditoinal things like shakespeare and john donne, and i've found them way more interesting than like frankenstein and paradise lost etc which the a level do. also im applying for languages at uni so studying international literature has been very helpful for that. i also love my history syllabus, which is all focused on the 20th century which is much better for me becuase i honestly couldnt give a damn about henry VII and spain in the 1400s which is what my a level friends are doing. so look closely at the syllabuses for the subjects because at the end of the day that is what you'll have to be studying, and it will be so much better if its something your actually interested in.

    there is also very little difference in depth of detail - i;ve found that what im doing in maths (SL) and chemistry (HL) is the same level as A level, apart from the odd thing, but that is genuinely only the odd thing. also, the breadth you get can be very useful. a lot of people who want to do medicine think A level is much better than IB for it, but a good friend of mine does IB and has applied (and been accepted at Kings College) for medicine, and she does three sciences, maths, and also has english skills and good foreign language skills too thanks to the IB, which has given her a big advantage.

    in terms of workload, i honestly dont think i have any more work then my friends (most of whom are a level students). the thing is, it comes in waves, so some weeks you'll have hardly anything, and some weeks you'll have a lot of deadlines, and that will usually be the time when a level have nothing so it will seem like more than it is but remember that when they're all going mental because they've got AS's, you wont have exams. and my last exam, therefore when my summer holiday starts this year, is 16th may, more than a month before the last A level exam, so another bonus there!! most of it basically good time management.
    higher level is more work and more topics, but thats why you choose higher level subjects you are a) good at and b) really enjoy!

    i dont think its more work to get the equivalent of a BBB, i actually think its less - in terms of UCAS points, 45 points at IB is the equivalent of 6 A*s at A level. also, i think im in a much better position in terms of uni offers because there's a much bigger range of offers unis can give than with a levels. for example, i have two offers at the moment (for german and management) from southampton and warwick, for 34 points and 36 points respectively, and im predicted 44, so i could drop 10 points (which will only happen if i die in the middle fo the exam or something basically) and still get into uni, whereas if i had done a levels my offers wold probably have been AAB and AAA, so i could drop only two grades and not get in. so i think its much better. also you get your results a month and a half earlier than a level so more time to sort out problems

    as you can probably tell im very pro-IB so no i dont regret taking it, i absolutely love it. and before someone asks, yes i do have a very good social life! i go out more than my a level friends. and i get at least 8 hours sleep a night. if you want to be successful doing IB then pick subjects wisely - make sure you know exactly what's on the syllabus, pick HL subjects wisely (only take english HL if you absolutely love love love it and dont take higher level science unless you may study something either maths or science related at uni), make sure you put sleep before anything else because ultimately, if your dying of exhaustion you are basically useless, and also, if you havent already, talk to the ib coordinator at wherever your looking at because what makes the difference between having a good time and a bad time at IB is often how good the coordinator is.

    i am literally so sorry about the length of this, but you made me talk so.... hopefully this helps anyway!
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    (Original post by bethan_louise)
    just to warn you this is a very long message!!

    i personally was in exactly the same position as you two years ago, i had no idea whether to do IB or A levels, so i posted a message on TSR and a lot of people told me to do A levels not IB, but i ended up deciding to do IB because i physically couldnt decide what subjects to do...when i started, there wasnt a single subject i didnt want to do, obviously now ive been doing them for a year and a half i have my favourites, but that will always happen.

    taking the IB was the best decision of my life - i love it because i much prefer the syllabus to the a-level ones in most of my subjects, for example in english you do a lot of international authors on top of traditoinal things like shakespeare and john donne, and i've found them way more interesting than like frankenstein and paradise lost etc which the a level do. also im applying for languages at uni so studying international literature has been very helpful for that. i also love my history syllabus, which is all focused on the 20th century which is much better for me becuase i honestly couldnt give a damn about henry VII and spain in the 1400s which is what my a level friends are doing. so look closely at the syllabuses for the subjects because at the end of the day that is what you'll have to be studying, and it will be so much better if its something your actually interested in.

    there is also very little difference in depth of detail - i;ve found that what im doing in maths (SL) and chemistry (HL) is the same level as A level, apart from the odd thing, but that is genuinely only the odd thing. also, the breadth you get can be very useful. a lot of people who want to do medicine think A level is much better than IB for it, but a good friend of mine does IB and has applied (and been accepted at Kings College) for medicine, and she does three sciences, maths, and also has english skills and good foreign language skills too thanks to the IB, which has given her a big advantage.

    in terms of workload, i honestly dont think i have any more work then my friends (most of whom are a level students). the thing is, it comes in waves, so some weeks you'll have hardly anything, and some weeks you'll have a lot of deadlines, and that will usually be the time when a level have nothing so it will seem like more than it is but remember that when they're all going mental because they've got AS's, you wont have exams. and my last exam, therefore when my summer holiday starts this year, is 16th may, more than a month before the last A level exam, so another bonus there!! most of it basically good time management.
    higher level is more work and more topics, but thats why you choose higher level subjects you are a) good at and b) really enjoy!

    i dont think its more work to get the equivalent of a BBB, i actually think its less - in terms of UCAS points, 45 points at IB is the equivalent of 6 A*s at A level. also, i think im in a much better position in terms of uni offers because there's a much bigger range of offers unis can give than with a levels. for example, i have two offers at the moment (for german and management) from southampton and warwick, for 34 points and 36 points respectively, and im predicted 44, so i could drop 10 points (which will only happen if i die in the middle fo the exam or something basically) and still get into uni, whereas if i had done a levels my offers wold probably have been AAB and AAA, so i could drop only two grades and not get in. so i think its much better. also you get your results a month and a half earlier than a level so more time to sort out problems

    as you can probably tell im very pro-IB so no i dont regret taking it, i absolutely love it. and before someone asks, yes i do have a very good social life! i go out more than my a level friends. and i get at least 8 hours sleep a night. if you want to be successful doing IB then pick subjects wisely - make sure you know exactly what's on the syllabus, pick HL subjects wisely (only take english HL if you absolutely love love love it and dont take higher level science unless you may study something either maths or science related at uni), make sure you put sleep before anything else because ultimately, if your dying of exhaustion you are basically useless, and also, if you havent already, talk to the ib coordinator at wherever your looking at because what makes the difference between having a good time and a bad time at IB is often how good the coordinator is.

    i am literally so sorry about the length of this, but you made me talk so.... hopefully this helps anyway!
    what IB subjects do you do?
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    english, german B and chemistry higher level
    economics, history and maths standard level.
    what subjects were you thinking of doing?
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    I was thinking of doing
    English,History and Geography HL
    Spanish (beginners), Environmental Sciences Studies (Can't remember the name exactly) and Biology SL

    I would LOVE to be able to do economics or business but not offered at the college I am planning on going to - all others are over an hour's bus journey away lol *sigh*
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    * not geography sorry, they are in the same 'block'
    Eng,Hist and Bio HL

    Out of curiosity, what are history and english like for you?
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    (Original post by goodmorningworld)
    * not geography sorry, they are in the same 'block'
    Eng,Hist and Bio HL

    Out of curiosity, what are history and english like for you?
    history is awesome. Well the content for me anyway, it's less 'OMG LEARN WWII NOW!' and more 'learn a broad range of history' including people like Chairman Mao, german unification etc etc. It's interesting. You'll get a hang of the essays eventually

    i hated english at GCSE the books were horrid but now i quite enjoy it

    I take both those subjects at HL
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    only after moving to an eb school i realise that the ib is a joke
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    (Original post by neverlander¾)
    only after moving to an eb school i realise that the ib is a joke

    Sorry, what's an EB school - and why is the IB a joke?
    *curious*
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    (Original post by bethan_louise)
    english, german B and chemistry higher level
    economics, history and maths standard level.
    what subjects were you thinking of doing?
    Im doing chemistry HL, Biology HL, english A1 Hl, French B SL, Maths SL and Business SL.. aswell.. are you going for your second year or first year still?
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    I'm not even in the same country as you - but we have the same sort of idea as A levels and IB. I chose IB.. while it sometimes is heaps of work.. other times nothing.. so its a matter of being super organised and keeping on top of stuff...
    for me that is good and is something i am getting better at... there's still heaps of time to go out and have fun and not do work all the time! Especially if you are awesome at time management - you'll have heaps of time!

    I take :
    English HL
    History HL
    Economics HL
    French SL
    Maths SL
    Chemistry SL

    The breadth as someone mentioned ^ is really cool.. HL we cover a lot more topics etc and get to know a wide range...

    For me IB may not give me better marks.. but in the end I know I'll appreciate doing it and I find it more self motivating.

    ps just finished first year
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    (Original post by Luthii)
    Im doing chemistry HL, Biology HL, english A1 Hl, French B SL, Maths SL and Business SL.. aswell.. are you going for your second year or first year still?
    halfway through my second year, exams this may woooop
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    (Original post by bethan_louise)
    halfway through my second year, exams this may woooop
    Ouuch goodluck :O
    Mines in november next year

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