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    I'm year 11 at the moment and I'm currently trying to decide whether IB or A-Level is best for me.

    The secondary school I'm currently at also offers IB at the end of year 11 and I've had several teachers say that IB would be good for me. If I did IB I would chose English, Maths, Economics, History, Biology and German. I do feel though that there is not much point in me doing any science when I know that I don't want a job anything to do with science. I'm also not that keen on doing English and a language. On the other hand though the reason my current teachers said it would be a good idea is that I'm an "all-rounder" and I'm expected to get either A or A* for all my GCSEs.

    The other option, which I think I would be better, Is doing A-Levels. I've decided which three I would definitely do but I'm still unsure about the final one. Business Studies, Economics and Maths are the three I'm sure about and the fourth one I think should be either History or Accounting. I like the fact that with A-Levels I only have to do subjects I want to do and the place I would go is meant to be one of the best in the country. But I think that if I did History at A-Level then would it make more sense to just do IB and that way I'd still be doing History, Economics and Maths as well as having Biology, English etc, under my belt too. This would mean that I would just miss Business Studies.

    I plan to go to university afterwards and I'm particularly interested in LSE or any other good university. Although I don' know exactly what job I want to yet I do have a rough idea. I would like to do something in finance like a stockbroker or maybe an accountant and was thinking about staring my own business at some point in the future. I do Business Studies now at GCSE and I know I'll get an A* for it. And the same with History.

    So my three main questions are:
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    I would be particularly interested to hear from anyone who's been in a similar situation to me in the past. It would also be grateful if anyone could point out something I've not though about. Thanks in advance for any replies!
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    I was in a similar situation as you as I'm in yr 11 too but I can kinda give you my reasoning, perhaps that will help. I've decided to do A Levels as although I am a well rounded student (predicted all A*s, although I won't get that..), I definitely favour some subjects and hate others. Languages are my weakest, therefore I can drop it and concentrate on subjects I enjoy. And because I enjoy, I will be more motivated about them and therefore do better.

    Whereas, my friend is choosing to do the IB and shes suited to it as she fairly likes the compulsory subjects needed for the IB. So I guess for you, its whether you will enjoy doing subjects like English, Biology or German (which you can do in IB). However, if you're certain that you want to do something in finance, then perhaps the A Levels are better as they are more specialised, whereas the IB offers you a wider range of subjects you can go into at Uni.

    Well anyway, good luck :P
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    (Original post by Mark93)
    I'm year 11 at the moment and I'm currently trying to decide whether IB or A-Level is best for me.

    The secondary school I'm currently at also offers IB at the end of year 11 and I've had several teachers say that IB would be good for me. If I did IB I would chose English, Maths, Economics, History, Biology and German. I do feel though that there is not much point in me doing any science when I know that I don't want a job anything to do with science. I'm also not that keen on doing English and a language. On the other hand though the reason my current teachers said it would be a good idea is that I'm an "all-rounder" and I'm expected to get either A or A* for all my GCSEs.

    The other option, which I think I would be better, Is doing A-Levels. I've decided which three I would definitely do but I'm still unsure about the final one. Business Studies, Economics and Maths are the three I'm sure about and the fourth one I think should be either History or Accounting. I like the fact that with A-Levels I only have to do subjects I want to do and the place I would go is meant to be one of the best in the country. But I think that if I did History at A-Level then would it make more sense to just do IB and that way I'd still be doing History, Economics and Maths as well as having Biology, English etc, under my belt too. This would mean that I would just miss Business Studies.

    I plan to go to university afterwards and I'm particularly interested in LSE or any other good university. Although I don' know exactly what job I want to yet I do have a rough idea. I would like to do something in finance like a stockbroker or maybe an accountant and was thinking about staring my own business at some point in the future. I do Business Studies now at GCSE and I know I'll get an A* for it. And the same with History.

    So my three main questions are:
    [/LIST]

    I would be particularly interested to hear from anyone who's been in a similar situation to me in the past. It would also be grateful if anyone could point out something I've not though about. Thanks in advance for any replies!
    If you want to go for LSE or any other top uni then dont do Business or Accounting. l.Also you shouldnt do Buisness & Economics together, they are very similar and unis only like you to do one or the other.

    LSE list of less suitable subjects:
    ■Accounting
    ■Art and Design
    ■Business Studies
    ■Communication Studies
    ■Design and Technology
    ■Drama/Theatre Studies
    ■Home Economics
    ■Information and Communication Technology
    ■Law
    ■Media Studies
    ■Music Technology
    ■Sports Studies
    ■Travel and Tourism

    They also say that Economics & Buisness together is to be avoided.
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    (Original post by infintywhirls)
    I was in a similar situation as you as I'm in yr 11 too but I can kinda give you my reasoning, perhaps that will help. I've decided to do A Levels as although I am a well rounded student (predicted all A*s, although I won't get that..), I definitely favour some subjects and hate others. Languages are my weakest, therefore I can drop it and concentrate on subjects I enjoy. And because I enjoy, I will be more motivated about them and therefore do better.

    Whereas, my friend is choosing to do the IB and shes suited to it as she fairly likes the compulsory subjects needed for the IB. So I guess for you, its whether you will enjoy doing subjects like English, Biology or German (which you can do in IB). However, if you're certain that you want to do something in finance, then perhaps the A Levels are better as they are more specialised, whereas the IB offers you a wider range of subjects you can go into at Uni.

    Well anyway, good luck :P
    Do A Levels, the IB is a lot of work and not much reward by comparison. I did the IB and I don't know if it helped me, I just had a ***** social life for 2 years.
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    Don't do IB!!! I was going to and I'm so glad I didn't. Universities have no preference for it, so you're letting yourself in for loads of hard work in subjects you have absolutely no interest in and no life for the next two years all in the name of nothing. Also, you don't get the chance to resit any modules if you mess up the IB, and there are lots more revision resources and other stuff for A Levels because there's more of a market for them.
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    Thanks for all the replies. They were really helpful!
 
 
 

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