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    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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    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
    Mathematics HL
    Physics HL
    Chemistry HL
    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    My cousin took all 3 sciences at IB- 7 subjects in total and still got the diploma :confused:

    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...
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    You should stick to A-level because it's much handable (sp?).
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    (Original post by vavavoom)
    I think Linda's course choice is great. However if you want to be a doctor I'd switch physics with biology.
    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.
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    (Original post by ASNaC)
    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.
    I actually thought the same thing as you, but all of my friends who are going into medicine made that choice....my friends' mom who's a doctor told her to, so that's where I got the impression.

    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!
 
 
 
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