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    Hi, I'm about to start my first year of sixth form and I have a choice between:
    A Levels - Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry
    IB - HL Maths, Physics, German, SL English, Geography, Chemistry

    The IB course I have an offer for is my dream programme (apart from English but I'll survive and I'm attracted to the breath it gives anyway) however the sixth form is very new and not as experienced as the sixth form that I have an offer to do A Levels at, which is 'the best state sixth form in the UK'. However several students have dropped out at the A Level college due to high expectations, stress and pressure to excel.

    After sixth form I would like to study a astrophysics/earth science degree most probably abroad? (I'm thinking Germany, Swizterland, Canada or the Netherlands?) I will still apply for some UK unis but it just doesn't really appeal to me.

    The CAS (voluntary/extracurricular) element of IB isn't a problem as I already do enough extracurricular to cover that. Is it worth doing IB since it is very stressful?? I am a very bright student (12 A/A*s at GCSE) but is 40+ points actually achievable? Most universities abroad accept A Levels anyway and I'd do an online German course at the Goethe-Institut to cover the language requirements if I did A Levels.
    Which to choose???
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    Personally I'd say IB, but ultimately, it's up to you!

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    I'm not familiar with IB Maths, how does HL Maths compare with A Level Further Maths? Purely considering the suitability of the subjects you've chosen for the degrees you've mentioned (and assuming that there's more maths in Further Maths than HL Maths) then I think the A Level selection would be better; however, either are fine and if you say that the IB course is your "dream course" then that would be absolutely fine. Go with the one you think you'd be happier at.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    I'm not familiar with IB Maths, how does HL Maths compare with A Level Further Maths? Purely considering the suitability of the subjects you've chosen for the degrees you've mentioned (and assuming that there's more maths in Further Maths than HL Maths) then I think the A Level selection would be better; however, either are fine and if you say that the IB course is your "dream course" then that would be absolutely fine. Go with the one you think you'd be happier at.
    Most reckon IB HL Maths equates to roughly AS Further Maths?
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    (Original post by CatherineJones23)
    Most reckon IB HL Maths equates to roughly AS Further Maths?
    The stuff that I thought was most useful in A Level Further Maths was the stuff on differential equations and more "advanced" matrix things which were all mainly in A2 Further Maths. If you're looking at an astro/geophysics route then the more Maths you take the better but you don't need it (it just makes it easier), as I said either route would be perfectly acceptable.
 
 
 
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