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    I have a few questions for you lovely bunch who have experience with/take/have taken a Baccalaureate😊😂

    1. What is a Baccalaureate?

    2. How is it different to A-level? Is it harder?

    3. What are the benefits of Baccalaureate over A-level?

    4. Can you take a mix of Baccalaureates and A-levels? Like could I take 2 Baccalaureates and 1 A-level, or all Baccalaureates?

    5. I’m a bit unsure about Salters Chemistry because it seems unnecessarily hard. If it was between Salters and a Baccalaureate, which would you suggest?

    6. To get into Veterinary Medicine to become a Vet Surgeon, would a Baccalaureates give me the advantage over other candidates for Uni?

    Sorry for all the questions, I have to pick my sixth form kinda soon

    Thank you 😊
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    To clarify, do you mean International Baccalaureate? Just before I give any answers that aren't relevant...
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    (Original post by BuzzyB73)
    To clarify, do you mean International Baccalaureate? Just before I give any answers that aren't relevant...
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    Okay. So disclaimer first, I don't do IB but I have numerous friends who do or have done and the school pushes it a lot.

    What it is: you have to take 6 subjects from 5 or 6 categories. You have to take English literature (or another first language lit subject,) Maths (including the possibility of maths studies, basically maths gcse with a calculator that does it all for you,) a science (the normal ones but this also includes environmental systems and societies. And maybe psychology but you'd have to check,) a humanity, a language and then an arts subject. Their arts subjects are quite limited I think, but if you don't want to take them then you can take another subject from any of the other sections. You have to take 3 of these at higher level (generally what people would have taken at A Level), and 3 at standard.

    On top of this you also have to do CAS, which is basically Dofe skills, action and physical but with more community work. You have to document it extensively and I think you fail IB if you don't pass it. But if you do extracurricular its easy enough.

    You also have to do Theory of Knowledge. I'm not entirely sure how you are examined on this, but I think it involves an essay. It's more or less philosophy.

    You also have to do your Extended Essay, which is basically Epq with less documentation of the planning and reviewing stages.

    As you can see, this is why people can consider IB as 'better' than A Level as it takes a lot more work to sort out. However, you absolutely do not do your subjects, not even higher level, to the same depth as A Level.

    General opinión in my school is that Maths IB is less worthwhile than A Level as you don't do mechanics. I believe geography gets a bad rep too, and many aren't a fan of having to do a language. You don't however get a listening paper on the language.

    Another thing to point out are IOCs. I don't entirely know what they are but they're exams and they stress people out.

    To be continued....
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    Right, to answer the rest of the questions. But first I'll say mow that while I'll try to be objective, I am incredibly against the IB myself. One of the main reasons being that many of my friends have completely changed in their personalities down to the stress its caused them. However, this could just be my experience. Hopefully you'll get someone else on here who can be more positive.

    So, I would generally say that IB is harder than A Levels. That's not to say that A Levels are inferior due to this, they're just different. IB is very useful if your planning on attending a foreign university, either Europe or USA, or if you want to keep your options open. I would recommend that if you know what you want to do, then IB isn't worth it. For example, if you've decided you're going to do science subjects, why waste so much time doing English and a language that ultimately takes up time you could have used to do extra reading about what you like.

    Benefits I will leave for someone else to cover. All I can think is what I've said above.

    You have to take only IB. You cannot mix and match. It's a vastly separate qualification and you cannot pick and choose parts.

    I don't take science subjects so I don't know what your 5th questions is about sorry.

    I'll reiterate again about it giving you an advantage, I doubt it will. People claim that IB prepares you better for uni and shows you to be a more all-round person. It certainly does not prepare you for uni in tome management as it is all your time, and doesn't give you enough free period for you to do extra reading etc that would be more like uni. Plus, people are looking for students passionate about their subject, while being an all rounder is a great quality, if it diminishes your focus on the important subjects then it's not worth the risk.

    This link might be worth checking out which I found too: https://animalowners.rcvs.org.uk/doc...ents-aug-2010/
    It's old but I assume the information now will at least be similar.

    Hope this helps, if you have any more questions then just ask.
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    (Original post by BuzzyB73)
    Right, to answer the rest of the questions. But first I'll say mow that while I'll try to be objective, I am incredibly against the IB myself. One of the main reasons being that many of my friends have completely changed in their personalities down to the stress its caused them. However, this could just be my experience. Hopefully you'll get someone else on here who can be more positive.

    So, I would generally say that IB is harder than A Levels. That's not to say that A Levels are inferior due to this, they're just different. IB is very useful if your planning on attending a foreign university, either Europe or USA, or if you want to keep your options open. I would recommend that if you know what you want to do, then IB isn't worth it. For example, if you've decided you're going to do science subjects, why waste so much time doing English and a language that ultimately takes up time you could have used to do extra reading about what you like.

    Benefits I will leave for someone else to cover. All I can think is what I've said above.

    You have to take only IB. You cannot mix and match. It's a vastly separate qualification and you cannot pick and choose parts.

    I don't take science subjects so I don't know what your 5th questions is about sorry.

    I'll reiterate again about it giving you an advantage, I doubt it will. People claim that IB prepares you better for uni and shows you to be a more all-round person. It certainly does not prepare you for uni in tome management as it is all your time, and doesn't give you enough free period for you to do extra reading etc that would be more like uni. Plus, people are looking for students passionate about their subject, while being an all rounder is a great quality, if it diminishes your focus on the important subjects then it's not worth the risk.

    This link might be worth checking out which I found too: https://animalowners.rcvs.org.uk/doc...ents-aug-2010/
    It's old but I assume the information now will at least be similar.

    Hope this helps, if you have any more questions then just ask.
    Thank you for all the information and the link! So you actually have to take 6 subjects? That does seem a lot of work

    I also don't think I could even do it because, as far as I know, I don't actually take a Humanities subject at GCSE anyway!

    Thank you again for the information this has really helped :-)
 
 
 
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