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Morgan_1999
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Hi, I'm going into year 11 in September. My current school doesn't offer IB, but I am hoping to try and get into a sixth form that does. However, could someone please explain exactly what the IB is and what it entails etc. Also what EE and TOK are? Any help regarding this would be much appreciated!

Additionally, do you think that the IB is better to take than A Levels? The school I'm trying to get into has an average point score of 31.4- is that good or not?

[I have looked these things up on Google, but very little came up! :/]

Thank you in advance

Morgan
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The major differences between the IB and A-levels are the number of subjects you take and the amount of choice you have. In general, IB forces you to be much more general, whilst with A-levels you can specify - this can be a good or a bad thing depending on if you have an area of interest. In terms of choice, you will be forced to study certain subjects on the IB, and also to be involved in certain areas (for example a foreign language). Personally, I chose A-levels as I was allowed to specialise into the sciences, which I knew I wanted to pursue, and was hopeless at French, which I would have been required to do.
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Okay so overlooking the fact you're trying to get into a 6th Form that offers a course you then say you know nothing about... which tbh is somewhat mad sounding...

IB = 6 compulsory subjects, including at least 1 foreign language, 1 science, 1 humanity, you have to take maths and you have to take your main language (english for most people here). Then you get one 'choice' subject. Each subject is scored out of 7 to give you a total score of 42. You take 3 subjects at 'higher' level, meaning you have more lessons and learn more content, and 3 at 'standard' level which means less lessons and less content.

The EE is a big research essay you have to write that will take you a long time, and it is a compulsory part of the course. TOK is 'epistemology' which is basically a subject where you use items from the news to explain the IB's hexagonal diagram called "the ways of knowing", and then have to write an essay on a set title and give a presentation on a title of your choice. The idea is that you answer "how do we know what we know?" and provided you stick to the hexagon you'll be fine. Both the EE and TOK are compulsory and between them generate 3 of your 45 points if you do well. CAS is also compulsory and is basically 'creativity, action, service' and you've got to do extra-curricular activities which tick these boxes and then write lots of reflections about how they made you and the world into better people. You get no points for this, but you will fail the IB if you don't do it properly.

The IB isn't better to take than A Levels, it's just different. It depends whether there is something specific about you that would be helped by the IB e.g. you don't know what to study at Uni and the IB would keep more doors open. It's a much-touted myth that the IB gives you an admissions advantage at Uni, or 'prepares' you in some magic way that A Levels don't - it doesn't. However it is a rigorous course and it's pretty hard core if you want to do well. If you know what you want to do at Uni and aren't in love with the idea of IB, I would personally pick A Levels.

The average score is okay. To be honest I wouldn't worry about average but ask about top scores.
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