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I need some advice. I have just finished my iGCSEs and am not sure whether to continue on to A-levels or to do the IB Diploma. My current school only offers A-Levels, but I have been offered a scholarship at another school to take the IB Diploma.

A bit of background: I have been at my current school for ten years now, and academically, am an all rounder (predicted 11 A* in my iGCSEs). I am active outside of the classroom in sport, music, and theatre. I don't know whether to pick A-Levels or the IB because I don't know what I want to do at university, and I heard that the IB offers more breadth but is harder. If I do A-Level, I am thinking of doing four or five of the following: Maths, English Literature, Biology, History, and Economics. If I do the IB, I will take Math SL, English Literature HL, Theatre Arts SL, Biology HL, History HL, and Mandarin HL.

Here are the pros and cons of each:
IB at new school
Pros - broad curriculum, many charity and volunteering opportunities (I am into this), strong student body (very entrepreneurial, they began their own microfinance bank and organic coffee brand)
Cons - have to move school (don't know the students or teachers), few leadership positions available (no house system or student government), curriculum is a bit foreign as I have been doing iGCSES, poor drama and music program (I am heavily involved in this at my school)

A-Level at current school
Pros - I know the school and teachers well, many leadership opportunities available, iGCSE curriculum funnels into this, can be seen as 'easier' if I take four subjects, very well established drama and music program
Cons - Little breadth, my subject choices don't funnel into any single area of study

Please advise me on what to do! It would be helpful if you can provide your own experiences doing the IB/A Level. Any answers would be useful as I must make this decision within 48 hours! Many thanks.
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I would recommend IB, as it is accepted world-wide (with 11A* there should be some interesting options abroad)! And about the IGCSE's, they were developed with the IB's in mind, so the change shouldn't be too hard! If you are predicted 11A* (!) in your IGCSE exams, you shouldn't be worried about IB being more challenging.
Are you going to an independent school in the UK or an international one?
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(Original post by ixam500)
I would recommend IB, as it is accepted world-wide (with 11A* there should be some interesting options abroad)! And about the IGCSE's, they were developed with the IB's in mind, so the change shouldn't be too hard! If you are predicted 11A* (!) in your IGCSE exams, you shouldn't be worried about IB being more challenging.
Are you going to an independent school in the UK or an international one?
I go to an international school in south east asia!
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