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    Hi! I am thinking about IB for sixth form, and wanted to know your opinion on subjects. I want to do something english related at university.

    I was thinking of:

    English HL
    French HL
    Latin HL

    and

    History SL
    Biology SL
    Maths Studies SL

    However, I'm not sure if my school will let me do Latin at HL, so would History be the best to chose at HL? I know there's not much of a difference between SL and HL History, but I'm better at Biology. Any thoughts?
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    (Original post by Pockie)
    I'll be taking the IB course next year and my subject choices so far are:

    Psychology HL
    Business and Management HL*
    Design Technology HL*

    English Literature SL
    Maths SL
    Chinese SL*

    The ones with a star are the subjects i am not certain of.

    1. Which is more useful and appealing for colleges, Business Studies HL or Economics HL? I have never took Economics in IGCSEs so if i do choose to do Economics HL, will i find it challenging/hard because i have not had any previous studies in that subject?

    2. Should i study Design Technology HL or Biology HL/SL? I'm aware that Design Technology is not as recognized as the three major sciences, but i am not really a fan of science. However, i think that if i were to apply to a college (excluding art/design colleges), they will prefer a major science compared to DT.

    3. I have been studying chinese since Y7, but i am also interested in Japanese Ab Initio. I was wondering whether i should choose something i have more experience and knowledge of or something i am interested in and have never learnt before.

    Thanks in advance
    I'm in my second year of the IB and did both DT and Art at GCSE level continuing on with Visual Art SL for the IB. My school doesn't actually offer DT (though theyre considering it for the coming years) at IB but from what I've understood, Art tends to be a more 'recognised' qualification. Also, DT at IB is a lot more physicsy/sciencey than its more design focused counterpart at GCSE level. So despite being a lot of work, if you're interested in a design oriented degree at university, I'd suggest art.
    I take Bio HL and though its a lot of CONTENT, its not particularly hard. Its hard to get a 7 because theres a huge amount to memorise and regurgitate but its not hard conceptually like chem or physics. It also leaves a lot of doors open which not having a 'major science' could shut.

    In terms of Biz versus Econ, I'd advise Economics. Both are offered at my school as new subjects not offered at GCSE and from what I've gathered, Economics is a lot more useful and applicable in many subjects, unless of course you're doing Business at university.
    Obviously there are no 'easy' courses in the IB but I do feel, at least at my school, that there is a definite difference between the academic rigour of the students that each take either economics or biz. Yes you would be starting anew doing economics, but I believe the course is set up well enough that you will be able to pick it up.

    I also seriously advise you to take Chinese. Not only does it look great on your uni application (though of course Japanese does too) but you'd be studying something which you already have some grounding in. Taking Japanese ab initio is a bit risky as you don't know how well you'll go, and atleast with Chinese you'll have a higher qualification (B standard I'm assuming).

    Unfortunately, despite what may interest you most, universities often care about how your subjects seem in respect to your chosen course, and also your ultimate points.

    I took a few subjects because I wanted to be challenged and stimulated and in retrospect, this past year and a half might have been a tad bit less stressful if I'd been less ambitious.

    Choose what interests you because you'll work harder if youre happy and interested in the subject, but do keep in mind how your application will look on paper: courses chosen at higher + ultimate points.
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    Hey guys, I need help in finalizing my IB subject choices, as I will be starting the IB program next year. I'm currently planning to study Engineering at Uni, but I'm also interested in graphic design and architecture.

    These are my current ideas for subject choices:

    SL English A1
    SL French B
    SL Chemistry/ Design Tech

    HL Maths
    HL Physics
    HL Economics

    These are my questions:

    1) Should I study Chemistry or Design Technology at SL? I love both subjects and I'm currently studying both of them at IGCSE level, but which should I choose to keep my options open for architecture/ design?

    In other words, do I need Chemistry for Engineering and do I need Design Tech for Architecture? If both are fine for either courses, which is 'easier' or more recognised by unis?

    2) If I choose to study Chemistry, would HL Econ and SL Chem, or SL Econ and HL Chem be a better idea? I seem to enjoy Chemistry more, but I'm worried that taking HL Maths, Physics AND Chemistry would be too difficult. Since HL Econ is just covering more course content than SL Econ and not necessarily more difficult (so I've heard), would taking HL Econ be the better option?

    Note:
    - I'm currently getting a better grade in Chemistry than in Economics
    - My father is an economics teacher, so he could quite possibly help me out with the Economics course
    - I've been studying Calculus outside of school for quite a while now, so I think I will be able to handle the HL Maths
    - I wanted to start by taking HL Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics, then drop one to SL later, but my school doesn't seem to allow me (or at least tries to discourage me) to take 4 HL subjects.

    Thanks,
    HappyWish
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    (Original post by Pockie)
    I'll be taking the IB course next year and my subject choices so far are:

    Psychology HL
    Business and Management HL*
    Design Technology HL*

    English Literature SL
    Maths SL
    Chinese SL*

    The ones with a star are the subjects i am not certain of.

    1. Which is more useful and appealing for colleges, Business Studies HL or Economics HL? I have never took Economics in IGCSEs so if i do choose to do Economics HL, will i find it challenging/hard because i have not had any previous studies in that subject?

    2. Should i study Design Technology HL or Biology HL/SL? I'm aware that Design Technology is not as recognized as the three major sciences, but i am not really a fan of science. However, i think that if i were to apply to a college (excluding art/design colleges), they will prefer a major science compared to DT.

    3. I have been studying chinese since Y7, but i am also interested in Japanese Ab Initio. I was wondering whether i should choose something i have more experience and knowledge of or something i am interested in and have never learnt before.

    Thanks in advance
    Economics is definitely more useful than Business Studies when applying to colleges/unis. Business Studies is recognised as a soft subject, although few get 7's in it. I would strongly advise you to do Economics, I did it for SL (And for my EE), it does not matter that you have no previous economics experience, they walk you through the syllabus from the most elementary economic principles. The fact that you have an economics teacher as a father should really answer the debate; you basically have a full time tutor at your disposal and are likely to have some innate understanding of economics.

    I took Design Technology HL because, like you, I was considering architecture, and found it exceedingly easy. The IB somehow counts it as a science, but a basic knowledge of basic chemistry (Subatomic make-up of an atom) is all that is required, and would rarely be tested. Everyone in my class got either 6's or 7's; I would only recommend it if you were taking two other challenging higher's (In my opinion: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology). I did Physics/Maths/DT HL btw. In other words, I would advise you not to choose both DT and Business STudies, as they are both soft subjects and would disadvantage you when applying.

    Languages is really not my strong subject, I made the mistake of taking an ab. intio subject (Italian) instead of French and suffered for it. Therefore I would advise continuing with chinese, but that choice is really up to your preferences.

    I studied: Maths/Physics/DT HL; English/Economics/Italian ab. initio SL, feel free to ask me any questions...
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    Hi, I have to make my IB choices soon (in a week or so). I have a pretty clear idea of what I want to take:

    HL English (my English is pretty decent and I find English to be alright, better than math or science or language)
    HL Philosophy (I love philosophy, this is the ONLY thing I'm looking forward to in the IB!)
    HL Psychology/Biology (I like psychology well enough, but I think that biology would open up more doors to me?)

    SL Spanish/Chinese B (I definitely would not want to take German/French ab initio)
    SL Math (I dislike math, and it's not my best subject, but I don't want to take Studies)
    SL Psychology/Biology

    These are my current IGCSE grades offered by the school during last year's mocks (which basically tests half of the IGCSE curriculum):
    IGCSE Eng Lang - A*
    IGCSE Eng Lit - A
    IGCSE RS - A*
    IGCSE Double Award Science - A* (in all three sciences)
    IGCSE Psychology - A*
    IGCSE Spanish - A*
    IGCSE Math - A*
    IGCSE Additional Math - C/D (I haven't been tested, but this is what I think I would have gotten)

    I'm interesting in pursuing either law or social psychology, but I pretty much want to keep my options as open as possible.

    I'm mostly torn between the HL Psychology/HL Biology part. I definitely enjoy Psychology more, but Biology seems to keep more doors open if I don't want to pursue Psychology any further. I find Biology tolerable. Also, some universities require a HL science that is not Psychology if I want to pursue Psychology further (which is pretty stupid, but what can I do about it? ).

    So I have a few questions:

    1) Should I drop HL Biology?
    2) Is HL Biology hard? (I'm pretty much okay with mindlessly memorizing stuff.)
    3) In terms of SL Spanish/SL Chinese B, which should I take if I want to impress? I don't mind Chinese, but my Chinese is really not up to scratch at all. Would it look completely horrible to universities if someone coming from Hong Kong failed Chinese B? I'm thinking SL Spanish for now, because my Chinese really isn't all that great.
    4) Does the overall subject choice sound alright to you? I don't wait to die a thousand times over during the IB from stress if I don't have to.

    I know that it would be best if I could take four highers, see whether I like psychology or biology more (but at the moment, at GCSE level, it's no contest; I like psychology a LOT more and get better marks in it too) and drop the one that I dislike, but I don't think my school offers that option.

    So basically the question is - should I do the one I like more, or do the one that opens up more doors?

    Thanks so much in advance
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    (Original post by why_so.serious)
    Hi, I have to make my IB choices soon (in a week or so). I have a pretty clear idea of what I want to take:

    HL English (my English is pretty decent and I find English to be alright, better than math or science or language)
    HL Philosophy (I love philosophy, this is the ONLY thing I'm looking forward to in the IB!)
    HL Psychology/Biology (I like psychology well enough, but I think that biology would open up more doors to me?)

    SL Spanish/Chinese B (I definitely would not want to take German/French ab initio)
    SL Math (I dislike math, and it's not my best subject, but I don't want to take Studies)
    SL Psychology/Biology

    These are my current IGCSE grades offered by the school during last year's mocks (which basically tests half of the IGCSE curriculum):
    IGCSE Eng Lang - A*
    IGCSE Eng Lit - A
    IGCSE RS - A*
    IGCSE Double Award Science - A* (in all three sciences)
    IGCSE Psychology - A*
    IGCSE Spanish - A*
    IGCSE Math - A*
    IGCSE Additional Math - C/D (I haven't been tested, but this is what I think I would have gotten)

    I'm interesting in pursuing either law or social psychology, but I pretty much want to keep my options as open as possible.

    I'm mostly torn between the HL Psychology/HL Biology part. I definitely enjoy Psychology more, but Biology seems to keep more doors open if I don't want to pursue Psychology any further. I find Biology tolerable. Also, some universities require a HL science that is not Psychology if I want to pursue Psychology further (which is pretty stupid, but what can I do about it? ).

    So I have a few questions:

    1) Should I drop HL Biology?
    2) Is HL Biology hard? (I'm pretty much okay with mindlessly memorizing stuff.)
    3) In terms of SL Spanish/SL Chinese B, which should I take if I want to impress? I don't mind Chinese, but my Chinese is really not up to scratch at all. Would it look completely horrible to universities if someone coming from Hong Kong failed Chinese B? I'm thinking SL Spanish for now, because my Chinese really isn't all that great.
    4) Does the overall subject choice sound alright to you? I don't wait to die a thousand times over during the IB from stress if I don't have to.

    I know that it would be best if I could take four highers, see whether I like psychology or biology more (but at the moment, at GCSE level, it's no contest; I like psychology a LOT more and get better marks in it too) and drop the one that I dislike, but I don't think my school offers that option.

    So basically the question is - should I do the one I like more, or do the one that opens up more doors?

    Thanks so much in advance
    hmm. well, i do both psych and bio HL. personally, i think bio is much much harder...i would say go for the subject which you enjoy more because it's easier to succeed in. i thought that most universities require a HL science, but that they usually considered psych as fine too...? would it be possible for you to drop english to SL and then do both bio and psych at HL?

    i don't really know about the language choice though :p: how comfortable are you with chinese? if you don't feel like you'd do too great in chinese B then maybe spanish is the better option. just check out a few past exams for chinese and see how you feel about them
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    (Original post by pink giggle)
    hmm. well, i do both psych and bio HL. personally, i think bio is much much harder...i would say go for the subject which you enjoy more because it's easier to succeed in. i thought that most universities require a HL science, but that they usually considered psych as fine too...? would it be possible for you to drop english to SL and then do both bio and psych at HL?

    i don't really know about the language choice though :p: how comfortable are you with chinese? if you don't feel like you'd do too great in chinese B then maybe spanish is the better option. just check out a few past exams for chinese and see how you feel about them
    Thanks for the quick response!

    Yeah, some universities think that HL Psych is acceptable, but some don't (off the top of my head, I can't think of any examples - I just remember wincing at the computer screen a few weeks ago going all :eek: when an university website specifically stated that HL Psych does not count).

    I want to keep English at HL so that I might go get a law degree if the Psych thing doesn't work out for me though.

    I'm seriously considering dropping HL Bio for HL Psych now that you've confirmed that Psych is easier AND more fun (for me, anyway)

    However, my remaining worry now is whether universities will look at my subject choices and think that I am a 'weaker' candidate because I haven't taken a hardcore science. Would this be the case?

    Thanks again!
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    Hi guys,

    I'm in year 11 doing my iGCSEs but we have to choose our IB subjects,
    heres what I'm thinking of
    HL Biology
    HL Psychology
    HL Geography

    SL Maths Studies
    SL English
    SL Spanish

    What courses and jobs can I do with these combinations? I understand I can't do medicine because I am not taking chemistry but that was my initial plan, to become a doctor lol. (I am so bad at chemistry so its not an option)

    THANKS

    xx
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    (Original post by igcsecrazy)
    Hi guys,

    I'm in year 11 doing my iGCSEs but we have to choose our IB subjects,
    heres what I'm thinking of
    HL Biology
    HL Psychology
    HL Geography

    SL Maths Studies
    SL English
    SL Spanish

    What courses and jobs can I do with these combinations? I understand I can't do medicine because I am not taking chemistry but that was my initial plan, to become a doctor lol. (I am so bad at chemistry so its not an option)

    THANKS

    xx
    Thats really a very broad question, is there a particular field you're interested in now you're unable to persue medicine?
    Otherwise, I'm afraid going through university courses and looking for ones you like with achievable course conditions is the easiest way for you to have that question answered. That's what I did.
    My subjects are Bio HL, Geog HL, English HL, Math SL, Art SL, Italian B SL and I am going to do Anthropology/Human Sciences next year
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    (Original post by webber8345)
    Thats really a very broad question, is there a particular field you're interested in now you're unable to persue medicine?
    Otherwise, I'm afraid going through university courses and looking for ones you like with achievable course conditions is the easiest way for you to have that question answered. That's what I did.
    My subjects are Bio HL, Geog HL, English HL, Math SL, Art SL, Italian B SL and I am going to do Anthropology/Human Sciences next year
    heey (: thanks for replying! Yeah, I'm thinking about Law now because there are not specific subject requirements and its a 3 year course (:

    GOODLUCK with IB! I'm so nervous, it's not even funny! I'm nervous about my GCSEs too

    xx
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    (Original post by why_so.serious)
    Thanks for the quick response!

    Yeah, some universities think that HL Psych is acceptable, but some don't (off the top of my head, I can't think of any examples - I just remember wincing at the computer screen a few weeks ago going all :eek: when an university website specifically stated that HL Psych does not count).

    I want to keep English at HL so that I might go get a law degree if the Psych thing doesn't work out for me though.

    I'm seriously considering dropping HL Bio for HL Psych now that you've confirmed that Psych is easier AND more fun (for me, anyway)

    However, my remaining worry now is whether universities will look at my subject choices and think that I am a 'weaker' candidate because I haven't taken a hardcore science. Would this be the case?

    Thanks again!
    ahh, yeah, i guess that's why i chose both bio and psych HL.
    universities might think of you as a 'weaker' candidate...i really don't know. it's hard. :/ i think they might prefer that you've done a HL science.
    the difference between HL and SL psychology is just that you do one option less for SL and you don't study as much about research. so, it really isn't a huge difference.
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    I have missed 7 weeks of first term IB (since I had to change curriculums, but I covered all the same stuff anyways) and I havent made my final decisions for my SL and HL's. I need some help though :

    HL
    Indonesian B
    Biology
    Economics/English A1*

    SL
    Chemistry
    Maths
    Economics/English A1*

    How would you compare Economics HL with English HL? Which subjects have a greater difference with their respective SL's - in regards to exam time, external and internal assessments etc.?

    If its helpful I did MYP English and got a 7 and did MYP Business & Enterprise and got a 7 (covered a bit of econs).

    ALSO - concerning Uni acceptances (not completely sure yet) would these choices directly effect Med or any of the other harder to get into courses? (I know Chem SL, but I am a bit worried about that)

    thank you!
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    I've been looking for a website like that for AGESSS!!
    I'm so glad that I found this forum

    I've read the previous posts and found it very useful, but I still have a few inquiries!! First of all, I'm seriously bad at math.. In my school, we don't have to choose the SL and HL so fast, but have to choose the subjects now!

    I LOVE writing essays (I know I'm a freak) but yeahh. I'm very interested in Law and will definitely study it in university.

    I have a problem in choosing my subjects in IB!! ;(
    I don't know if I should choose economics, psychology or history! I can only choose 2 subjects between these 3!!
    The following are my own perspectives among these three subjects.

    Economics: I've never learn it before! I took Business Studies in IGCSE. A lot of people say that economics is very essential and useful to whatever humanities subject that you plan to study in university.

    History: I'm studying it in IGCSE right now. I like it a lot! Studying history is good for law because it gives me a chance to read and write more, look at things in different perspectives. But then the IB syllabus doesn't really interest me that much.. and the teacher..

    Psychology: I don't know anything about psychology.. but the syllabus sounds really interesting and fun.. it also lets me write essays and trains me to be more analytical.. but the problem is i'm not sure if it's a good subject for studying law, and it seems like a more "modern" subject...not many universities will like it. it requires a bit biology, (i will take bio in IB) and maybe maths? my math is SOOO BAD

    the other subjects i will choose
    Chinese
    English
    Biology
    Math


    please help!! this is a super tough question.. i really want to be well prepared and not choose the wrong subjects for IB! i take this very seriously!

    i'd appreciate any comments! Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by xoxoyayz)
    I've been looking for a website like that for AGESSS!!
    I'm so glad that I found this forum

    I've read the previous posts and found it very useful, but I still have a few inquiries!! First of all, I'm seriously bad at math.. In my school, we don't have to choose the SL and HL so fast, but have to choose the subjects now!

    I LOVE writing essays (I know I'm a freak) but yeahh. I'm very interested in Law and will definitely study it in university.

    I have a problem in choosing my subjects in IB!! ;(
    I don't know if I should choose economics, psychology or history! I can only choose 2 subjects between these 3!!
    The following are my own perspectives among these three subjects.

    Economics: I've never learn it before! I took Business Studies in IGCSE. A lot of people say that economics is very essential and useful to whatever humanities subject that you plan to study in university.

    History: I'm studying it in IGCSE right now. I like it a lot! Studying history is good for law because it gives me a chance to read and write more, look at things in different perspectives. But then the IB syllabus doesn't really interest me that much.. and the teacher..

    Psychology: I don't know anything about psychology.. but the syllabus sounds really interesting and fun.. it also lets me write essays and trains me to be more analytical.. but the problem is i'm not sure if it's a good subject for studying law, and it seems like a more "modern" subject...not many universities will like it. it requires a bit biology, (i will take bio in IB) and maybe maths? my math is SOOO BAD

    the other subjects i will choose
    Chinese
    English
    Biology
    Math


    please help!! this is a super tough question.. i really want to be well prepared and not choose the wrong subjects for IB! i take this very seriously!

    i'd appreciate any comments! Thanks in advance
    According to Churchill, Cambridge: "we believe that the more 'traditional' and rigorous A-level subjects provide the best preparation for the study of Law, we greatly prefer subjects such as Mathematics, Further Mathematics, History, Latin, Greek, English Language, English Literature, Philosophy, Physics, Chemistry, Government & Politics, Economics, Psychology, French or any other foreign language, Classics, Biology, Geography, and so forth." (http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/admissions/...g/courses/law/)
    that doesn't narrow it down for you :p:
    Honestly, if you don't like the history syllabus or teacher - don't take it. History might look slightly better than psychology when you're applying, but you're the one who has to study it for two years.
    Try to check a few universities requirements for Law and see if other unis have specified any subjects which they prefer.
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    (Original post by schnargle)
    I'm applying for Medicine this year with my final results. I started IB with HL Bio, Chem, English and Maths, and dropped Maths to SL after a year because I was struggling to get 4's at HL (and I got an A* in IGCSE Maths, A in Add Maths). It was really, really hard for me, and dropping to SL afterwards was sort of like sitting the IGCSE exam for the second time with a few extra topics.

    Having said that, though, exam results (and sometimes even your teachers' recommendations) really aren't everything. If you don't think your IGCSE Maths grades reflect your expectations/potential, you're very good at Maths, and you really enjoy it, I'd try out Maths as a fourth HL along with Bio, Chem and English/History, and see how you cope. All but one person in my HL Maths class did that, and three of us dropped to SL at the end of the year with three other HLs to fall back on. The others dropped one of their other HLs instead because they could cope with the workload.

    As to whether you need it, though, I don't think I've ever seen HL Maths specified for Medicine (I can't speak for the other two courses, but I imagine it would be the same). If they don't mention that they'd prefer HL Maths in the prospectus/website, you could probably assume that your third HL won't matter.

    If you're applying to Oxbridge, though, some colleges do prefer three science/maths A-levels, which could equate to three science/maths HLs. Email and ask them to be sure. The other colleges should be fine though - I recently emailed the admissions office at Sidney Sussex in Cambridge to ask the same question and got this reply:

    "The Pre Clinical Medical Requirements state that you need to have done three out of the three sciences + maths, but not all need to be to A-level (or Higher Level, although I know these are not synonymous). On the whole, most applicants would offer a third science/maths at Higher, but as it is not compulsory, we cannot disadvantage anyone for not having it!"

    So basically, Bio and Chem HL are fine, but take Maths HL if you really like it and feel you can cope.



    I didn't take (and didn't like) History so I can't really answer your question fairly, but I can tell you that English HL is brilliant if you love English Lit. It's much less straightforward than IGCSE because you do about 16 works, you write your own coursework questions, and the exam questions are bizarre but pretty fun to try to make sense of, so it's very self-directed. But I'm totally biased :p:

    And woooww that was a long post.
    wow you're applying for medecine - good luck
    are these subjects for IB suitable for taking pharmacy/medecine?

    Biology HL
    Chemistry HL
    French HL
    Mathematics SL:confused:
    English and World Literature SL:cool:
    History SL:cool:

    i know two sciences at HL is a lot to ask for but universities require chem and i need bio for pharmacy.....
    ugh and i hate maths with a passion...
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    hi i'm new to this thread
    i'm currently still in IGCSE n will take the exams in may 2011
    but teachers are already preparing us for the choices of subjects to take in IB ...
    these are my choices although i'm still not too sure:

    HL
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Economics/business/french
    SL
    math ( studies)
    English
    Economics/business/french

    my question:

    1.About taking economics in higher level... is it very hard ?
    im stuck n confused between taking economics or business... are both very different from each other ? If economics/business in HL is very hard... my other choice is taking French as HL ( the teacher told me im capable so yeah.... )

    2. I will still take biology and chemistry in HL but i just wanna know also if they are VERY hard.. just to let you know... im not verryyy good in math.. which why i will take studies.

    I hope i can get some help
    Thank you
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    Hi everyone!

    I've been surfing around a lot on this forum and finally decided to join.

    I'm in the first year of the IB course and I just have a question on courses. Right now I'm taking
    Math Higher
    Economics (taking higher in second year)
    English A1
    Physics
    Chemistry
    aaaand Swedish (which is my dilemma, I'll explain)

    I talked to my swedish teacher the other day about what course i should take. She thinks i could do well in A1 or A2, but I'm personally thinking about taking Swedish B as a higher. What would be the side effects of taking Swedish B instead of A2? If i did B, I could probably score a higher score, but I hear that one can get a double language diploma by taking two A languages. What exactly does this entail? And will universities think I'm being lazy by taking a language as a higher at B level instead of standard on A level? Btw, i have NO plans on applying for any universities in Sweden, so any of the benefits i might receive in taking A2 for a Swedish university is unimportant.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by starry- eyed)
    wow you're applying for medecine - good luck
    are these subjects for IB suitable for taking pharmacy/medecine?

    Biology HL
    Chemistry HL
    French HL
    Mathematics SL:confused:
    English and World Literature SL:cool:
    History SL:cool:

    i know two sciences at HL is a lot to ask for but universities require chem and i need bio for pharmacy.....
    ugh and i hate maths with a passion...
    If you hate maths I suggest you phone up some unis and ask if they accept studies for pharmacy. I know people who apply for medicine with maths studies. Not only is it less stressful, it is easier to get a 7 and allows you to focus on your highers.


    (Original post by Hak0)
    Hi everyone!

    I've been surfing around a lot on this forum and finally decided to join.

    I'm in the first year of the IB course and I just have a question on courses. Right now I'm taking
    Math Higher
    Economics (taking higher in second year)
    English A1
    Physics
    Chemistry
    aaaand Swedish (which is my dilemma, I'll explain)

    I talked to my swedish teacher the other day about what course i should take. She thinks i could do well in A1 or A2, but I'm personally thinking about taking Swedish B as a higher. What would be the side effects of taking Swedish B instead of A2? If i did B, I could probably score a higher score, but I hear that one can get a double language diploma by taking two A languages. What exactly does this entail? And will universities think I'm being lazy by taking a language as a higher at B level instead of standard on A level? Btw, i have NO plans on applying for any universities in Sweden, so any of the benefits i might receive in taking A2 for a Swedish university is unimportant.

    Thanks
    I've heard of double diplomas, but not really understood it myself. IB is a lot of work so time management is important. What subject/course (and where) are you thinking of apply?
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    (Original post by xoxoyayz)
    I've been looking for a website like that for AGESSS!!
    I'm so glad that I found this forum

    I've read the previous posts and found it very useful, but I still have a few inquiries!! First of all, I'm seriously bad at math.. In my school, we don't have to choose the SL and HL so fast, but have to choose the subjects now!

    I LOVE writing essays (I know I'm a freak) but yeahh. I'm very interested in Law and will definitely study it in university.

    I have a problem in choosing my subjects in IB!! ;(
    I don't know if I should choose economics, psychology or history! I can only choose 2 subjects between these 3!!
    The following are my own perspectives among these three subjects.

    Economics: I've never learn it before! I took Business Studies in IGCSE. A lot of people say that economics is very essential and useful to whatever humanities subject that you plan to study in university.

    History: I'm studying it in IGCSE right now. I like it a lot! Studying history is good for law because it gives me a chance to read and write more, look at things in different perspectives. But then the IB syllabus doesn't really interest me that much.. and the teacher..

    Psychology: I don't know anything about psychology.. but the syllabus sounds really interesting and fun.. it also lets me write essays and trains me to be more analytical.. but the problem is i'm not sure if it's a good subject for studying law, and it seems like a more "modern" subject...not many universities will like it. it requires a bit biology, (i will take bio in IB) and maybe maths? my math is SOOO BAD

    the other subjects i will choose
    Chinese
    English
    Biology
    Math


    please help!! this is a super tough question.. i really want to be well prepared and not choose the wrong subjects for IB! i take this very seriously!

    i'd appreciate any comments! Thanks in advance
    As a rule of thumb, don't have three humanities or three sciences at higher level. But bias them towards you target subject. They like an' irrevelvent' one (as long as you get a decent grade) as it shows you are generally intelligent rather than just very specific, which at IB diploma level is not really a good thing- at Ma level it is, but at Ib is really isn't. This suits the IB very well because with 6 different subject you can afford to take some really obscure (and impressive) combinations. Law doesn't need any specific A Levels- just a range of abilites and the 'right' way of thinking. For law, a language at higher level really helps. As does history. But obviously don't do them if you might get a 5 if you're capable of getting a 7 in another subject. There is nothing wrong with phsycology, it's not the most relevent thing in the world but you could have physics and it wouldn't help you any more but it might drop you a few points. Universities will forgive almost any unflattering combination of subjects (and with IB this is very difficult to do) if you get outstanding grades. Obviously if it were medicine or something, it would be different. But my advice would be to go with the subjects you can do best in for higher level, and avoid overlap. Ie. I would try to avoid doing Enviromental Studies and biology and geography...
 
 
 
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