I may be slow on the uptake, but what use is the conversion of the IB into UCAS points? Most unis give an amount of IB points they want you to have, same as they say AAA or ABB etc.
Please enlighten me.
For example, the University of Reading offers scholarships basing on the amount of UCAS points you get... And for me it proved impossible to find out what IB results they want for the scholarships.
but now with UCAS points in IB dun dun dun!
Well, having talked to an admissions tutor at Cambridge university, it's apparant that the IB is (at least at cambridge) regarded much higher than the A levels.
Also, when the A level students apply to such universities, should they be looking for AAA, they will not accept any old AAA student. They look at the overall UCAS score. So if the student gets a 480 when they are looking at 480+ they may not entertain their application. However if they do better then they will be more inclined to give an offer.
With the IB, if you get the points, there is no argument.
With the unis, they take into account how GOOD your A grade is. Getting the grade does not mean you will be gauranteed an offer.
Hmmmmm, only a fair way of comparing A levels and IB if the UCAS tariff points they're assigning to IB grades are fair! I'm skeptical, I'll just leave it like that! But I see why; I've applied for a scholarship at Leeds, and it states how many UCAS points you need; 3As or equivalant, but there's no IB points decided!!!!