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buzzingbeth
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Hi, i am currently in year 11 and I am considering taking IB instead of A Levels because I don't want to give up all my subjects and I think I am generally a well rounded student. However, I have heard that it is much harder than A Levels, takes up all your free time and isn't recognised properly by UK universities. The uni I want to go to wants 5's or more in all the subjects and was wondering if taking IB is the right option or if it's not worth the extra work and A Levels would be better.
At A levels, I would take Physics, Maths and History and something else but i havent decided yet
With IB i would take English SL
French SL
Physics HL
Maths HL
Hitory HL
Art SL
Also ive heard that HL maths and HL physics are impossible and I'm worried if I take IB i will not get good marks.
Any advice would be much appreciated
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It's true that the IB programme takes up your time. I have a friend who's doing the IB and he says he sleeps for about 4/5 hours only. The rest of the time is spent on lectures, homework and studying. A levels are also tough. I, myself am doing the AS level right now. I'm taking Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Trust me. They're really tough. In A levels, the subjects are studied in depth, which means you actually know the subject really well and it would help if you're taking the subject in university. In IB, the subjects are studied on the top, meaning you know every subject, but not what the subjects really want to say. I hope that makes sense. How old are you now? Have you considered taking the University Foundation Programme(UFP)? It's recognized by 75 universities in the UK. I'm thinking of switching to that from my A levels. There are different courses depending on what you want to study in university. It only takes a year, so if you're 16 right now, and you start the UFP in September 2014, you'll be in university for the September 2015 intake. It saves a lot of money and time. I hope this helps.
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personally i think the ib is full of pointless crap

if you know what course you want to do at uni just do the appropriate a levels for it
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Personally I think the IB's difficulty is vastly overhyped. It's perfectly possible to do well, socialise, sleep a lot and still have plenty of spare time. The comment above about somebody only sleeping 4-5 hours a night due to the IB is ridiculous - there simply isn't that much work to do. Your friend is either an insomniac or ridiculously badly organised.

That said, I didn't do HL physics or maths. Those have a reputation for being tough.
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