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    (Original post by chickenonsteroids)
    1) yes, but what other subject could you consider? It isn't a bad thing taking film.
    2) You aren't a native speaker so no. You're just good at the language.
    3) It is harder in the sense it's more academic. It's fairly fun at times :yes:
    4) Why are you taking 4 HLs?

    Because the only difference between film SL and HL is the length of the film you have to produce for your final project.
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    (Original post by iamyourmum)
    Because the only difference between film SL and HL is the length of the film you have to produce for your final project.
    Ok, have fun
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    (Original post by Snorlaxn)
    For what you'd like to study at uni, I'd say it's heaps better to get 6 or a 7 in studies rather than 4 or 5 in standard level. Adds to your overall points out of 45, and you will have more time to focus on your time consuming subjects. Math studies in your case might be more beneficial.
    For your arts vs history dilemma, both at higher level are time-consuming and difficult. Make sure when you pick your 6th subject, choose a class which you love (or at least, prefer out of all other options) because if your going to work hard at a IB class for the next two years, it should be one which you enjoy.
    For your langauges, I'd say go with Spanish Ab Initio. Taking an ab initio class just means you're learning a new language, and does not look 'soft' to universities. As you've learned French before you'll have an easier time with Spanish ab initio and should score high rather than finding French B a chore and being less than successful at it. Just a question, if you're fluent at a Spanish Colonial Language, does that entitle you to the opportunity of taking Spanish B or even A? (I'd take Spanish at B rather than A if that's the case). If it does, you might find ab initio way too easy for you and should take Spanish B. If you're unsure, ask if you can take a Spanish Placement test at school.

    Also, here's a website which may help you with your subject choices:
    http://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/uploaded/im...requisites.pdf

    Hope it helps!
    Thanks so much! I've signed up for Spanish Ab and my coordinator says I can move up to B if I find it too easy. I definitely won't be taking A, though. :P
    In case you ever see this again, I was wondering what you'd think about Bio HL and Art SL instead of Art HL and Bio SL? I'm not sure if I'd be allowed to take it because I'm doing Double Award Science but I love Bio so I sure as hell am gonna try.
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    (Original post by queentamora)
    Thanks so much! I've signed up for Spanish Ab and my coordinator says I can move up to B if I find it too easy. I definitely won't be taking A, though. :P
    In case you ever see this again, I was wondering what you'd think about Bio HL and Art SL instead of Art HL and Bio SL? I'm not sure if I'd be allowed to take it because I'm doing Double Award Science but I love Bio so I sure as hell am gonna try.
    I do Bio HL now having done double award at GCSE (getting two A grades), and I had no problem with moving up at all, I'm currently working at a grade 6 in first year
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    (Original post by queentamora)
    Thanks so much! I've signed up for Spanish Ab and my coordinator says I can move up to B if I find it too easy. I definitely won't be taking A, though. :P
    In case you ever see this again, I was wondering what you'd think about Bio HL and Art SL instead of Art HL and Bio SL? I'm not sure if I'd be allowed to take it because I'm doing Double Award Science but I love Bio so I sure as hell am gonna try.
    Seeing as I absolutely love Biology, I'd say do bio higher. And apparently you do too, so yeah go for it . Bio standard doesn't go into as much depth as Higher, and is also considered a 'soft' class at SL. You seem to have a passion for sciences, so definitely go for higher level Biology and Art SL.
    Also, do look at admission requirements ( http://www.ucas.com can help) to make sure that you are on the right track to studying what you wish to study at uni.
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    Hi everyone!
    I am in need of help on which IB courses I should take!
    I am a Canadian student in British Colombia and will be taking the diploma programme next school year.
    My school offers the following subjects for IB.( Each subject is offered in grade 11 and 12)
    Group 1:
    English(SL)
    English(HL)

    Group 2:
    French(SL)
    Spanish ab initio(SL)

    Group 3:
    History(SL)
    History(HL)
    Geography(SL)
    Geography(HL)

    Group 4:
    Biology(SL)
    Biology(HL)
    Chemistry(SL)
    Chemistry(HL)
    Physics(SL)

    Group 5:
    Mathematics(SL)
    Mathematics Studies(SL)

    Group 6:
    My school does not have any group 6 subjects so I have to choose an additional one from group 1-5.

    These are the courses I have decided on so far.-English HL, French SL and Math SL.

    I plan to study courses related to business such as economics or accounting in university.

    1. So I just wanted advice on which courses and level(SL or HL) should I take from group 3 and 4. ( I am not interested in biology very much).

    2. Finally, is the workload very intense? If so, should I take a study block for my 8th block or would taking another non-IB course be manageable?

    Thank you all for using your time to help me out
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    (Original post by Snorlaxn)
    Seeing as I absolutely love Biology, I'd say do bio higher. And apparently you do too, so yeah go for it . Bio standard doesn't go into as much depth as Higher, and is also considered a 'soft' class at SL. You seem to have a passion for sciences, so definitely go for higher level Biology and Art SL.
    Also, do look at admission requirements ( http://www.ucas.com can help) to make sure that you are on the right track to studying what you wish to study at uni.
    Thanks loads! Not sure which one I wanted to do so I'm doing four highers and dropping one next year.
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    Hi,

    My sister is picking her IB subjects and I just wanted to learn a bit more about the IB so I can give her some advice.

    First, how do the exams work? She told me that you sit all your exams in the 2nd year. I thought this was pretty strange because A-Levels are split into 2 years (with exams in both years). Does this mean you can't resit IB?

    Also, if she picks French ab initio instead of German, will she have to disclose the fact that her course was ab initio on forms like UCAS? I'm guessing doing an ab initio subject will affect your university offers and the like.

    Thank you!
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    (Original post by KPCN)
    Hi,

    My sister is picking her IB subjects and I just wanted to learn a bit more about the IB so I can give her some advice.

    First, how do the exams work? She told me that you sit all your exams in the 2nd year. I thought this was pretty strange because A-Levels are split into 2 years (with exams in both years). Does this mean you can't resit IB?

    Also, if she picks French ab initio instead of German, will she have to disclose the fact that her course was ab initio on forms like UCAS? I'm guessing doing an ab initio subject will affect your university offers and the like.

    Thank you!
    All exams are in the second year. However, you will almost certainly have mocks before then, which are important as they will be the biggest factor behind your predicted grades for UCAS. Also, you do have internal assessment and coursework over the two years, which accounts for 20 to 40 percent of most subjects (and 100% of the core components: Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay and Creativity Action Service, with ToK and the EE being assessed and, when combined, accounting for 3 points out of the 45 available on the diploma). It is possible to resit, with exams being offered in November as well as May (for the benefit of students in the Southern Hemisphere as well as those resitting), but this means you have to wait a year longer to go to uni and start your UCAS again, and it is widely alleged that not all institution are as accepting of IB retakes as they are of A Levels modules being retaken. You can retake the whole diploma, or individual subjects to increase your score, but I am not sure about individual papers. You would also likely have to convince the 6th form/college to let you stay on an extra year to do this.

    You do have to disclose all your subjects on UCAS, but remember that most people will be applying with at most a language at GCSE level, and the majority will have dropped languages all together at the end of year nine since they were not compulsory for your sister's year group assuming she's year eleven now (age 15/16). So whilst it's obviously not as good as a 'B' language (AS/A level equivalent), it is still above GCSE and should not cause any problems unless she applies for a degree with foreign language content (aside from the obvious, I seem to remember a language module in History at Durham or something random).

    Hope she manages to sort everything out, just ask if you have any more questions!
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    (Original post by CLS94)
    All exams are in the second year. However, you will almost certainly have mocks before then, which are important as they will be the biggest factor behind your predicted grades for UCAS. Also, you do have internal assessment and coursework over the two years, which accounts for 20 to 40 percent of most subjects (and 100% of the core components: Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay and Creativity Action Service, with ToK and the EE being assessed and, when combined, accounting for 3 points out of the 45 available on the diploma). It is possible to resit, with exams being offered in November as well as May (for the benefit of students in the Southern Hemisphere as well as those resitting), but this means you have to wait a year longer to go to uni and start your UCAS again, and it is widely alleged that not all institution are as accepting of IB retakes as they are of A Levels modules being retaken. You can retake the whole diploma, or individual subjects to increase your score, but I am not sure about individual papers. You would also likely have to convince the 6th form/college to let you stay on an extra year to do this.

    You do have to disclose all your subjects on UCAS, but remember that most people will be applying with at most a language at GCSE level, and the majority will have dropped languages all together at the end of year nine since they were not compulsory for your sister's year group assuming she's year eleven now (age 15/16). So whilst it's obviously not as good as a 'B' language (AS/A level equivalent), it is still above GCSE and should not cause any problems unless she applies for a degree with foreign language content (aside from the obvious, I seem to remember a language module in History at Durham or something random).

    Hope she manages to sort everything out, just ask if you have any more questions!
    Thank you! That was very informative.

    I hear so many complaints about IB, I think A levels sound a lot easier.
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    (Original post by KPCN)
    Thank you! That was very informative.

    I hear so many complaints about IB, I think A levels sound a lot easier.
    A Levels are generally regarded as an easier option, yes. If I was looking to get into a British University in the easiest manner possible, I'd choose them over the IB. But for me, the IB programme is much more interesting in terms of the work you do; teachers are given more freedom to teach the syllabus as well as they can instead of having exams three times a year to teach to, and the syllabi themselves also seem to contain more interesting topics than A Level. It's also good if you enjoy a wide range of subjects and don't want to drop down to doing only three or four.

    Although you will hear a lot of complaints about it, the workload is perfectly manageable on top of a normal social life if you manage your time efficiently, but if you fall behind because of procrastination it is hard to catch up and can turn into a bit of a nightmare.
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    Hey guys, I'm new here and was wondering if I could get an answer to this:

    Basically I need to choose my IB subjects by Thursday (I know, cutting it a little late) and today I realized that I want to do HL Math, but I want my main career to be medicine.

    If I were to do:

    HL: Bio, Math, Geo/Any other humanities
    SL: Eng, Spanish, Chemistry

    If I were to take this course, would I still be acceptable into a Medical University? If not, what careers can these subjects potentially lead to.

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by Numair)
    Hey guys, I'm new here and was wondering if I could get an answer to this:

    Basically I need to choose my IB subjects by Thursday (I know, cutting it a little late) and today I realized that I want to do HL Math, but I want my main career to be medicine.

    If I were to do:

    HL: Bio, Math, Geo/Any other humanities
    SL: Eng, Spanish, Chemistry

    If I were to take this course, would I still be acceptable into a Medical University? If not, what careers can these subjects potentially lead to.

    Thanks!
    You need HL chemistry for medicine. swap maths and chemistry around and you'll be good to go.
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    (Original post by Numair)
    Hey guys, I'm new here and was wondering if I could get an answer to this:

    Basically I need to choose my IB subjects by Thursday (I know, cutting it a little late) and today I realized that I want to do HL Math, but I want my main career to be medicine.

    If I were to do:

    HL: Bio, Math, Geo/Any other humanities
    SL: Eng, Spanish, Chemistry

    If I were to take this course, would I still be acceptable into a Medical University? If not, what careers can these subjects potentially lead to.

    Thanks!
    If you want to do HL maths and also medicine, then swap bio for chem, you don't need HL bio for medicine.
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    (Original post by CLS94)
    Going by what you've written, you seem to be good at English already - HL shouldn't be much of a problem. It does involve reading two novels, but going by what my friends in French/Spanish B HL say it is for coursework, not exams, and you only need to understand them rather than analyse in much detail, which is what you'll do in your A1 Swedish.
    I submitted my IB subjects to my coordinator last month. I am taking:

    Math HL
    Chemistry HL
    French B HL

    English A1 Literature SL
    Physics SL
    Economics SL

    My question is basically about the differences between French B SL and HL. Are the two usually taught separately, or is the difference minimal? Can you explain what the whole Literature component is about? Also, I would really like to move Econ up to HL as well, and do 4 HLs. Would this be plausible?
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    Hello everybody

    I am soon kicking my 16, so this is the time to go for something "Sixth Forming". This "something" is an IB for me.
    Considering my interests (languages, physics, economics) I am still unsure which combination is the most appropriate.
    So far I have chosen this:

    Russian SL
    English SL
    Economics (SL/HL)
    Georgaphy / Psychology (SL/HL).
    Physics (HL)
    Maths (HL)

    As far as you see, I can't decide if Geography or Psychology is a better choice (personally enjoy both). Could you tell me a bit more about these two subjects? Especially the difference between SL and HL.

    Also, is HL in Economics too tuff?

    Additionally, I often hear that Bussiness & Management is less practical and loved by unis than Economics. Is that true?

    Well, what do you think about this combination in general?

    Thanks in advance
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    Which is better to choose. ITGS or History? Im planning on entering medical school later on which means I'll be doing sciences in university. Right now I'm planning to do:

    Math HL
    Chemistry HL
    Biology HL
    English SL
    French SL

    But I need to choose between history and ITGS. What do you think?
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    If you're good at writing essays and memorising, I think History would suit you well. Since you're doing medicine at university, your humanities subject won't really make a difference in your application so you should pick the subject which you like best and which you're more likely to score marks in. Personally, I think History would be harder than ITGS, but it is definitely a much more reputable and respected subject overall.
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    Hello everyone! You can call me Nadiah if you find my nickname a little too...strange? It's the Japanese word for meteor.

    I'm from Malaysia and seriously considering the IB programme. However, the school [or rather, college] I have my sights set on to pursue the programme offers a limited range of subjects. Despite this I still find myself undecided on my subject choices.

    The subjects offered at the college, with the ones I'm considering highlighted in bold, are as follows:

    English A1, literature (SL/HL) - undecided

    French ab initio (SL)
    Spanish ab initio (SL)

    Business and Management (SL/HL)
    Economics (SL/HL)

    Biology (SL/HL)
    Chemistry (SL/HL)
    Physics (SL/HL)

    Mathematics (SL/HL) - undecided
    Mathematical Studies (SL)

    Theatre Arts (SL/HL)

    I had taken the local O-level/GSCE equivalent, the Malaysian Certificate of Education, last year with 9A+'s and a single A in biology. But I'm really interested in pursuing a degree in biomedical science so I figured I should do biology HL.

    Is it a necessity for a student pursuing the sciences to do maths at HL? I've taken additional maths for my MCE as well as standard-fare maths, in case anyone wants to know.

    My alternative is doing English HL. Even though English is supposed to be my second language, I'd feel more comfortable expressing myself in English compared to my native language these days.

    In any case, analysing tougher literature would be a great challenge. Though I do admit to give up halfway through re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring [my first time through wasn't very good either - or perhaps I don't have the patience with the typesetting, but that's another matter altogether], I'm trying to make an effort by reading a couple of Shakespeare's plays in full, which is something we never got to do at school...

    What do you think? Whether it will be English or maths at HL, please give me your recommendations or suggestions. And please excuse me for the rather long post. Thank you for your attention
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    (Original post by ryuusei18)
    Hello everyone! You can call me Nadiah if you find my nickname a little too...strange? It's the Japanese word for meteor.

    I'm from Malaysia and seriously considering the IB programme. However, the school [or rather, college] I have my sights set on to pursue the programme offers a limited range of subjects. Despite this I still find myself undecided on my subject choices.

    The subjects offered at the college, with the ones I'm considering highlighted in bold, are as follows:

    English A1, literature (SL/HL) - undecided

    French ab initio (SL)
    Spanish ab initio (SL)

    Business and Management (SL/HL)
    Economics (SL/HL)

    Biology (SL/HL)
    Chemistry (SL/HL)
    Physics (SL/HL)

    Mathematics (SL/HL) - undecided
    Mathematical Studies (SL)

    Theatre Arts (SL/HL)

    I had taken the local O-level/GSCE equivalent, the Malaysian Certificate of Education, last year with 9A+'s and a single A in biology. But I'm really interested in pursuing a degree in biomedical science so I figured I should do biology HL.

    Is it a necessity for a student pursuing the sciences to do maths at HL? I've taken additional maths for my MCE as well as standard-fare maths, in case anyone wants to know.

    My alternative is doing English HL. Even though English is supposed to be my second language, I'd feel more comfortable expressing myself in English compared to my native language these days.

    In any case, analysing tougher literature would be a great challenge. Though I do admit to give up halfway through re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring [my first time through wasn't very good either - or perhaps I don't have the patience with the typesetting, but that's another matter altogether], I'm trying to make an effort by reading a couple of Shakespeare's plays in full, which is something we never got to do at school...

    What do you think? Whether it will be English or maths at HL, please give me your recommendations or suggestions. And please excuse me for the rather long post. Thank you for your attention
    Hello, Meteor (I prefer this ),

    Maths HL is not a necessity for sciences, however, it would be good if you think you can do it. Since I expect you will get several people telling you not to do Maths HL as it's too hard, or not to do IB at all because it's too hard, I will offer my honest advice - if you want to do English HL and wouldn't mind doing Maths HL, do both at HL. 4 HLs and 2 SLs isn't that much different from 3+3 - and you'll get exposure at HL to both number-based and essay-based subjects which is always good.

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