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    Are there any students who previously studied the IB at sixth form instead of A levels? Which course did you choose? Which college did you choose?

    How are you finding academic and non-academic life at Cambridge, particularly compared to people with other qualifications? From what I've heard, A level students have more difficulty adapting to the university workload - is there any truth in this? Or do you find you've covered topics in less depth than your A level counterparts and are having to catch up?

    Did you have trouble applying or does Cambridge 'love the IB' as the teachers and newspapers say? What extra stuff, like coursework or essays, did you have to add to your application in lieu of AS grades (since IB doesn't have public exam results to show)? Were you made to do this at all, or did you just have to rely on GCSEs? Did you get asked about your other subjects or EE/TOK/CAS at interview?

    I've seen that Cambridge can give out nastily difficult offers sometimes (42, HL 777). If you don't mind revealing, how were your offers and corresponding GCSEs/final grades? Were these offers particularly difficult to meet compared to A level offers?

    Also, directed at Mathmos and Phys NatScis - did you take HL Further Maths? If you didn't, how are you coping - I hear you aren't allowed to do the highest level of maths (i.e. the standard one for PhysNatScis rather than Mathematical Biology or Elementary) if you did the IB? Same goes for sciences - are NatScis limited in any way by the IB?

    Overall, how did your application, and how does your student life, differ from those coming from traditional A level backgrounds?
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    (Original post by Bodgy)
    Are there any students who previously studied the IB at sixth form instead of A levels? Which course did you choose? Which college did you choose?

    How are you finding academic and non-academic life at Cambridge, particularly compared to people with other qualifications? From what I've heard, A level students have more difficulty adapting to the university workload - is there any truth in this? Or do you find you've covered topics in less depth than your A level counterparts and are having to catch up?

    Did you have trouble applying or does Cambridge 'love the IB' as the teachers and newspapers say? What extra stuff, like coursework or essays, did you have to add to your application in lieu of AS grades (since IB doesn't have public exam results to show)? Were you made to do this at all, or did you just have to rely on GCSEs? Did you get asked about your other subjects or EE/TOK/CAS at interview?

    I've seen that Cambridge can give out nastily difficult offers sometimes (42, HL 777). If you don't mind revealing, how were your offers and corresponding GCSEs/final grades? Were these offers particularly difficult to meet compared to A level offers?

    Also, directed at Mathmos and Phys NatScis - did you take HL Further Maths? If you didn't, how are you coping - I hear you aren't allowed to do the highest level of maths (i.e. the standard one for PhysNatScis rather than Mathematical Biology or Elementary) if you did the IB? Same goes for sciences - are NatScis limited in any way by the IB?

    Overall, how did your application, and how does your student life, differ from those coming from traditional A level backgrounds?
    I can maybe answer some of this: I'm an IB student, I've received an offer which if I meet means I'll start in October.

    I didn't have to add anything to my application in lieu of AS grades: for my course (HSPS at King's) there was a requirement to submit three essays, but that applied to all applicants. They seemingly trusted our predictions, especially as my college gets a few Oxbridge admissions each year so they weren't an unknown. My GCSEs evidently weren't relied on: not only are the crap (4 A, 3 B, 3 C) but I had the extenuating circumstance of dyspraxia which was at that stage undiagnosed meaning I didn't have the support and adjustments I should have been entitled to. There was nothing about the IB specifically at interview, but the skills from it did really help: the critical thinking from TOK, the research into my subject from the EE etc as well as the breadth of knowledge from subjects like HL History.

    My offer is 38 with 766 at HL, but the only other college with typical offers that low for IB is Peterhouse. I don't think that's hugely harder than A*AA tbf, although still very challenging!

    I'd say the main difference for me at the application stage was my ability to debate and think on my feet in interview: subjects like English have a very large oral component to the assesment in IB so we had those skills already. They were also helped by small class sizes: I go to a state 6th form but there is unfortunately a huge lack of demand for the IB Programme.

    I can't really help with the other questions but let me know if there's anything else
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    (Original post by CLS94)
    My offer is 38 with 766 at HL, but the only other college with typical offers that low for IB is Peterhouse. I don't think that's hugely harder than A*AA tbf, although still very challenging!
    What :eek:Why didn't I apply to King's/Peterhouse?

    I'm also a current IB student holding an offer, for Education with English from Queens'. My conditions are 41, with 7 in HL English, 7 in HL History, and 6 in my remaining HL (Chemistry). I think that's normal for Cambridge offers.

    I didn't take GCSEs, except first-language Chinese which I took in addition to my regular, internally-assessed 10th grade course, for which I got an A. (I'm an international student.)

    I had to submit two pieces of written work, but I think that's required of all Queens' English applicants. And I didn't get asked specifically about the IB at my interview, only about books I read for English class.
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    (Original post by Rushtail)
    What :eek:Why didn't I apply to King's/Peterhouse?

    I'm also a current IB student holding an offer, for Education with English from Queens'. My conditions are 41, with 7 in HL English, 7 in HL History, and 6 in my remaining HL (Chemistry). I think that's normal for Cambridge offers.

    I didn't take GCSEs, except first-language Chinese which I took in addition to my regular, internally-assessed 10th grade course, for which I got an A. (I'm an international student.)

    I had to submit two pieces of written work, but I think that's required of all Queens' English applicants. And I didn't get asked specifically about the IB at my interview, only about books I read for English class.
    I know King's doesn't offer Education, and from what I can see on their site nor does Peterhouse so there wasn't much you could do I think 38 is more realistic though, especially when the A-Level offer is only A*AA.
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    (Original post by CLS94)
    I can maybe answer some of this: I'm an IB student, I've received an offer which if I meet means I'll start in October.

    I didn't have to add anything to my application in lieu of AS grades: for my course (HSPS at King's) there was a requirement to submit three essays, but that applied to all applicants. They seemingly trusted our predictions, especially as my college gets a few Oxbridge admissions each year so they weren't an unknown. My GCSEs evidently weren't relied on: not only are the crap (4 A, 3 B, 3 C) but I had the extenuating circumstance of dyspraxia which was at that stage undiagnosed meaning I didn't have the support and adjustments I should have been entitled to. There was nothing about the IB specifically at interview, but the skills from it did really help: the critical thinking from TOK, the research into my subject from the EE etc as well as the breadth of knowledge from subjects like HL History.

    My offer is 38 with 766 at HL, but the only other college with typical offers that low for IB is Peterhouse. I don't think that's hugely harder than A*AA tbf, although still very challenging!

    I'd say the main difference for me at the application stage was my ability to debate and think on my feet in interview: subjects like English have a very large oral component to the assesment in IB so we had those skills already. They were also helped by small class sizes: I go to a state 6th form but there is unfortunately a huge lack of demand for the IB Programme.

    I can't really help with the other questions but let me know if there's anything else
    38 776 is King's standard offer, about the lowest in Cambridge. Most other colleges ask for about 41-42.
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    (Original post by Azarimanka)
    38 776 is King's standard offer, about the lowest in Cambridge. Most other colleges ask for about 41-42.
    I'm fairly sure 38 766 is the standard for King's, that's whats on their site anyway. It is the joint lowest in Cambridge (with Peterhouse) though - it was one of the things I checked pretty extensively when researching colleges!
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    (Original post by CLS94)
    I'm fairly sure 38 766 is the standard for King's, that's whats on their site anyway. It is the joint lowest in Cambridge (with Peterhouse) though - it was one of the things I checked pretty extensively when researching colleges!
    That's what I said isn't it...:confused:
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    (Original post by Azarimanka)
    That's what I said isn't it...:confused:
    Nah, you said 776
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    (Original post by CLS94)
    Nah, you said 776
    Ah - yea its 766. Most Cambridge IB people get 777 though.
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    (Original post by Rushtail)
    What :eek:Why didn't I apply to King's/Peterhouse?

    I'm also a current IB student holding an offer, for Education with English from Queens'. My conditions are 41, with 7 in HL English, 7 in HL History, and 6 in my remaining HL (Chemistry). I think that's normal for Cambridge offers.

    I didn't take GCSEs, except first-language Chinese which I took in addition to my regular, internally-assessed 10th grade course, for which I got an A. (I'm an international student.)

    I had to submit two pieces of written work, but I think that's required of all Queens' English applicants. And I didn't get asked specifically about the IB at my interview, only about books I read for English class.
    I would say that the offers they give IB students have really scary conditions, as in your case. I'm an IB graduate and I can safely say the IB exams are very tough (especially since your grades depend on them to such an extent) but as you saw the IB skills did come in handy in interviews.
    Over to the offer, what I have heard from other IB applicants the conditions may seem harsh but as they have given you an offer they may be lenient once your results are released, since they obviously wanted you enough to give you an offer (I didn't receive a 7 in HL History, for example). A 41 is still realistic, and I would say they may give you some leeway in case you don't fulfill a 776 at HL.
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    (Original post by CLS94)
    I know King's doesn't offer Education, and from what I can see on their site nor does Peterhouse so there wasn't much you could do I think 38 is more realistic though, especially when the A-Level offer is only A*AA.
    If I'd applied there I would've done Linguistics. 41 with 776 HL is a pretty standard Cambridge offer, I just wished I'd done more IB-specific research before applying. No matter though

    (Original post by jetohlman)
    I would say that the offers they give IB students have really scary conditions, as in your case. I'm an IB graduate and I can safely say the IB exams are very tough (especially since your grades depend on them to such an extent) but as you saw the IB skills did come in handy in interviews.
    Over to the offer, what I have heard from other IB applicants the conditions may seem harsh but as they have given you an offer they may be lenient once your results are released, since they obviously wanted you enough to give you an offer (I didn't receive a 7 in HL History, for example). A 41 is still realistic, and I would say they may give you some leeway in case you don't fulfill a 776 at HL.
    It does seem a bit harsh considering the A-level offers, but I don't know much about the A-level syllabus...

    I hope they'll be lenient but I'm not counting on it :P
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    Just wondering, do any of you regret taking the IB and wish you'd have done a levels and had an easier time of it all??


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    (Original post by jetohlman)
    A 41 is still realistic, and I would say they may give you some leeway in case you don't fulfill a 776 at HL.
    Wow, does this tend to happen?

    I can't imagine someone dropping a grade below their A level offer and being accepted... I always thought Cambridge believed 7, 6, 5, 4 were broadly comparable to A*, A, B, C (these offers seem to confirm that).
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    I just received an offer from Trinity College to study Land Economy, 7 at Maths HL (found this particularly unfair as I've seen offers from the same course given to people doing Maths Studies), 7 at Economics HL and 6 at Geography HL. Not sure I will be able to get that 7 at Maths HL, especially since I was predicted a 6, but apart from that the offer seems pretty doable! Just praying they will be leniant on that 7 at Maths HL - those doing the IB know how hard this actually is
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    (Original post by mp1995)
    I just received an offer from Trinity College to study Land Economy, 7 at Maths HL (found this particularly unfair as I've seen offers from the same course given to people doing Maths Studies), 7 at Economics HL and 6 at Geography HL. Not sure I will be able to get that 7 at Maths HL, especially since I was predicted a 6, but apart from that the offer seems pretty doable! Just praying they will be leniant on that 7 at Maths HL - those doing the IB know how hard this actually is
    How unusual! Did they put on a points requirement to, as if not that's downright weird :confused: In any case, best of luck! Maths SL is MORE than enough for me (which is probably why I'm applying to HSPS rather than anything economicalishy)
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    (Original post by CLS94)
    How unusual! Did they put on a points requirement to, as if not that's downright weird :confused: In any case, best of luck! Maths SL is MORE than enough for me (which is probably why I'm applying to HSPS rather than anything economicalishy)
    They said 41 points, but that's the least of my worries! the 7 at Maths HL is the condition that's really worrying me..
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    (Original post by Bodgy)
    Wow, does this tend to happen?

    I can't imagine someone dropping a grade below their A level offer and being accepted... I always thought Cambridge believed 7, 6, 5, 4 were broadly comparable to A*, A, B, C (these offers seem to confirm that).
    I just came across this, and yep - people from my school for the past few years have got in even though they didn't quite meet the requirements. It tends to be the less popular courses, and only if it's a non-specified subject. For example, if they ask for 41 with 776 and a 7 in English, then you get 43 with 7 in English, 6s in your other higher levels, and then 7s in all other subjects, then it would be ridiculous for them to penalise you for dropping your other HL 7 when you got higher than requested in all the other subjects. Also, with certain subjects they will be more lenient, and if you have special consideration (for learning difficulties or a disruptive course), then if you miss your offer by a tiny bit, they're usually accommodating enough to let you in.

    Obviously people who mean their conditions will get in before those who don't, so if they messed up the statistics and more people than expected meet their offers, there's no chance. But if people didn't do as well as expected, then there's a chance of getting in despite missing the offer.

    They stick pretty firmly to the 7=A*, 6=A etc theory, but if there were six A levels, then I'm pretty sure they'd be a little bit more lenient as well. Another thing is that the IB results come out well before A Levels, so the extra places are usually taken by IB people well before A Level people are thinking of asking.
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    (Original post by Neverme)
    Just wondering, do any of you regret taking the IB and wish you'd have done a levels and had an easier time of it all??

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    I'm currently doing the IB and i would not change it to a levels for a second. It absolutely makes my school day much more interesting than specialising in 4 subjects that could be quite similar to one another, unless you really really love those 4 subjects then that's great, but yeah because i'm not certain what i want to do after sixth form, the IB was the right choice.

    TOK is also a very interesting extra subject, and CAS is quite good too! (Y)
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    (Original post by mp1995)
    I just received an offer from Trinity College to study Land Economy, 7 at Maths HL (found this particularly unfair as I've seen offers from the same course given to people doing Maths Studies), 7 at Economics HL and 6 at Geography HL. Not sure I will be able to get that 7 at Maths HL, especially since I was predicted a 6, but apart from that the offer seems pretty doable! Just praying they will be leniant on that 7 at Maths HL - those doing the IB know how hard this actually is
    So courses like Land Economy which involves Economics, Environment and Law don't actually require you to take Maths at SL right? (they didn't say there were any specific requirements in the prospectus, but just wanted to double check), because I'm considering switching to Maths Studies... and would you happen to know if they require Economics at HL?
 
 
 
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