I just got my GCSE results and due to an unexpected A in French I now have the choice as to whether to take an IB course or do A-levels.
I wanted to specialise in science, but can only take 2 if I do the IB, which is annoying. However TOK sound really interesting and it has been suggested that I take an A-level in one science along side the IB.
The whole thing sounds hugely complicated to me and I dont understand the points sytem and the higher/lower level thing.(u take 3/4 subjects to higher, which is like A2? and 3 to AS but they both are marked out of 7 points?)
Any advice/ clarification would be greatly appreciated!
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- Thread Starter
- 26-08-2004 21:31
- 26-08-2004 22:01
You can do three siences in the IB, two people in my school did it, and you need special permission. I don't understand why you would want to do three siences + maths though. Are you that into biology for instance?
I suggest you do
English A1 SL
French B SL (or a2 if you want)
+ a social science, how about IT or economics?
lol, no I'm not trying to tell you what to do, I just wante dto show you how IB can be sciency and still more broad than A levels. HL subjects are taught 5 hours per week, SL 3 hours per week. HL is considered eqvivalent of A2 but they are more broad. At least in mathematics HL you cover more topics than in A level maths.
- 26-08-2004 22:15
You do six subjects + ToK over two years. You do all six subjects + ToK BOTH years. This is different than A levels, where you (usually) do four AS and then continue with 3 A2 the second year.
All subjects are marked from 1-7. It is said that it is harder to get a 7 in IB than an A in A levels. You need to get 24 points all together to pass. You also need a 4 in each HL subject and a 3 in each SL subject to pass (on average, meaning you could get 5 in one HL and 3 in one HL and 4 in one HL and still pass).
In addition you have to do a ToK presentation + essay and an extended essay (in any subject you choose). ToK and the EE are marked with letters, A, B, C etc where A is the best.
You can get max 42 points from your subjects (6 subjects*7=42). In addition you can also get three bonus points depending on how well you do in ToK and with the EE. One A + one B gives 3 points. Two Bs gives 2 points. I know, it's confusing in the beginning.
You can thus get 45 points. Oxbridge usually ask for 38 and up.
- 26-08-2004 23:52
I don't think I'd do the IB and an A-level. The IB is tremendously hard work as it is.
I think Linda's course choice is great. However if you want to be a doctor I'd switch physics with biology. What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor? Engineer?
I've heard of a guy in our school who took three sciences in our school. He didn't mind not getting the diploma....but why do all that hard work to only receive a certificate?
- 27-08-2004 08:49
My cousin took all 3 sciences at IB- 7 subjects in total and still got the diploma
Look at it from the point of view of how long your school has been doing the IB and success rates
The IB is more of a challenge than A levels so is warmly welcomed by most international institutes- Your choice selection really does depend on what you want to do- it can be as varied as you want to make it- plus you don't loose any depth- and the information you are getting is more up to date than the syllabus in A levels.
Its slightly harder than A levels but worthwhile- I'd pick to do it again...
- 27-08-2004 09:25
You should stick to A-level because it's much handable (sp?).
(Original post by vavavoom)
- 27-08-2004 09:47
I think Linda's course choice is great. However if you want to be a doctor I'd switch physics with biology.
(Original post by ASNaC)
- 27-08-2004 13:15
I actually wouldn't - in many countries physics is a preferred preparation for medicine than biology, because it is felt that the biological aspects can be taught to you in the course, while a aptitude for phsyics cannot really be taught in the same manner. Anyways look at the universities you are considering applying to and what their recommendations are.
And I didn't know you could do all sciences and get the diploma! My sciency friends are probably crying now because they were forced to do social sciences. Our IB-coordinator told us we couldn't!