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    I've just finished my GCSE's and I'm trying to decide between 4 A-levels at the local college (warwickshire) or moving with my Mum and Dad to do the I.B in Southampton.

    My reasons for the I.B:
    I can't decide whether i'll want to be language or science based at Uni so I would find it hard to pick just four A-levels.

    It would look good on my CV because it forces you to do loads of extra curricular stuff

    I get to help build a school in Tanzania if I do the I.B in Southampton

    I'd get the chance to study Italian

    Reasons against the I.B:
    There's only 1 or 2 points difference between doing really well and really badly. If I don't do well in it, then it will have been a waste of time

    What if it's too much work? Especially with all of the extra curriular activities

    I have to move away from the house/town I've lived in all my life

    Okay, so there it is, what shall i do? Help?
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    I would recommend doing the IB for many reasons, however some of your reasons are convincing.

    For your againsts:

    It will not have been a waste of time. And the few points for you must be some very strange thing. For me 35+ is really good, 32 is good, and below isn't exactly craptacular. It is a good choice, the work is worth it at the end of the day. Allow me to quote a legendary film, Men In Black:

    Agent J: "Is it worth it?"
    Agent K: "Oh yeah its worth it...if your strong enough"
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    Wow, the choice was much simpler for me because it was compulsory!

    The IB is definitely great for those people (like myself) who haven't quite decided what to study at uni. For example, I'm torn between engineering and business. I've got HL Maths and Phys if I want to do engineering, and HL Maths, HL Business and SL Economics if I want to do business.

    Well there are a couple more things you need to consider:

    -Are you a hard worker? The IB requires constant hard work for 2 years. It is a struggle, but the rewards in the end can be great.

    -Would you rather focus your learning on what you want to do later in life, or on a broad curriculum? The IB teaches you how to learn independently, and helps you build an analytical mindset. The IB teaches you some valuable life skills!

    The IB is great if you are a hard worker.

    Most importantly, the IB is great if you enjoy challenges, enjoy learning, and love your subjects. If you are stuck in the IB doing subjects you hate, you will suffer.

    Good luck!
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    Hey!
    I think you should do IB...it is quite good...even though it looks horrible at the beginning, but it's not so bad
    I finished IB this year and I think it was worth it
    However...decision is yours - make it a good one
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    do the IB.. uni's love it... with a great grade at IB you can do ANYTHING .. provided you have the subjects of course....

    the a levels are much too easy these days... but believe me the IB is horrifying... work work work... at least for me... if your applying to the states... the IB should be piss easy for ya.
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    Wow, tough choice there - I assume from mentioning Tanzania you are considering Taunton's College?

    Through open days etc, I have been able to ascertain quite a lot of information on it and how it works, if you want any help or advice on the college please PM me and I'll be happy to help!

    I in the end decided against going there, incidentally, and chose Brockenhurst instead in the New Forest, even though I live the other side of Southampton... but I have my own reasons for that, again if you want to know more, let me know!!

    James (mr_m) :_)
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    Depends. I felts sorta screwed over by the IB when it came to unis because my offers were Quite high for what i thought, and In the A-levels they were asking not too much from them. They specialise and half the A-level people get A's. SO its a cse of, do you want to study three more subjects, EE, TOK CAS etc and come out a harder worker and ready for uni. Or do A-Levels works hard, get three A's and have the choice of most univeristies in england. Where as for the IB you have to work your ass off to get a 40.
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    IB is better if you're prepared to put more work in. I feel it is harder though, to some extent, especially as you have more subjects and the essay things :/
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    People just keep on asking the same questions over and over. Dig up some old threads, and I'm sure you're going to find someone in the same position as yourself.

    In answer to your question, IB is always better because it always keeps your options open until the end. All your coursework, although extremely tedious, helps you for Uni by developing essay writing skills. ToK kinda forces you to think for yourself. As far as CAS is concerned, by the way you're going, you're bound to get it over, or a majority of it by the end of the first year. I finished mine, a couple of months ago, it's not that hard. Leaving your house might be hard, but it's change, and you gotta learn to live with it. Unfortunately I can't help you there, because I never has the pleasure of living in a house for longer than 3 years, (my average is a year, the joys of being and international student).

    You might want to look out for Unis because they might not be so lenient in the UK compare to say Australia. However, by the time you do apply, they might loosen up, with the new tariff being introduced, however don't get your hopes too up. You might have to research your Uni angle a bit. And even though people do argue that A-level offers are easier to get, but I'm sure that fewer people get those offers, compared to an IB student, who might find it easier to get offers. I might get flamed for this, but research is necessary.
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    i don't get it, if u stay and do A levels who would you live with...are your parents moving purely so u can do the IB? and whcih school i s'hampton...?
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    Andy_cole - I am almost certain she is going to Taunton's College in Southampton, since it's the only one I know that
    a) does the IB in Southampton
    b) goes to Tanzania!

    Yeah, the whole "parents moving" thing confused me a bit too, but I would think really hard about uprooting the whole family to go to Taunton's, there must be some other purpose!

    As I say, I applied there and was seriously considering going there myself, but a combination of courses that didn't suit me, and almost-impossible daily commutes across Southampton didn't appeal to be honest!

    I was hoping for:

    HL - English, German, Geography
    SL - Maths, Spanish Ab Initio, Biology

    But eventually, had I chosen to go there, I'd have been left with:

    HL - English, German, Biology
    SL - Maths, Italian Ab Initio, History

    The Humanities subjects were the killers - I wanted Geography but Taunton's don't offer IB Geography, so I applied for Economics but this was withdrawn due to lack of interest! And I didn't take History at GCSE so this would have been a pain. And HL Biology isn't my cup of tea either - and I wanted to do Spanish (though I'd have put up with Italian)! So all in all I wasn't that happy with it. Additionally Taunton's IB Co-ordinator, who has been running it since they started it two years ago, is retiring so there's a chance that the college will lose a bit of direction with the change of leadership?

    Maybe there are some current Taunton's people who may be able to further advise but I chose Brockenhurst, even though it's further away and perhaps the scores aren't quite as high on average

    James (mr_m)
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    For Universities, IB is great, but as for the CV -- I bet you, your next employer wouldn't have a clue as to what the IB actually is! :p:
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    My Dad already lives in Southampton in teh week but comes home at weekends. So if I went to Taunton's my mum and me would also move to Southampton but keep the house in Warwickshire aswell. It would just be me and my mum moving but she's says she'll just move to wherever I want to study. If I didn't go to Southampton me and mum would just stay in Warwickshire
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    Hi Danielle,

    Right, I see - well bearing in mind you seem keen to learn the Italian language (not Spanish or anything) and that you may well be better off doing the IB, I'd say that Taunton's might just be the place for you - especially if you don't live too far from the college..

    If you do go there, please keep in touch with me on how you get on, as both me and my family want to keep an eye on how Taunton's achieves in comparison with Brockenhurst, which I chose ahead of it despite it being further away!!

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    tell us what your grades from GCSE are, that'll make it easier.

    But jst generally, have a look at the new UCAS tariff - that answers your question. there is not even a comparison - the IB, even if you get a "low" grade (let's say low 30's) it's already spectacular in comparison to alevels.
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    Mate, your question is a good one, but also requires an entirely personal response from teachers, family and I suppose us. In my school the scientists and mathematicians tended to do A levels while the linguists and humanitarians did IB. I did HL French and Spanish, which I recommend doing, because in essence they required exactly the same sort of revision/preparation. Some combinations of subjects are much harder though, and I guess that you have to chat to your teachers about those.
 
 
 

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