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    (Original post by Vadis)
    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?
    I'd like to apply for some sort of business course, most probably management or finance. Right now I'm undecided on where to go, most probably England, quite likely the US and then doubtfully for some other country, like Canada. All I really know is that I'm not going to Sweden hahah. I'll be applying to schools in both the States and the UK definitely and then make my decision based on what schools i get accepted to.
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    Hi there, been keeping an eye on this forum and also now need some input. Currently about to choose my subjects for IB. I am not really sure what I want to do. Am mad about motorsport and actually compete, but not too sure if I am on right path regarding engineering. I would like to be a vehicle designer hence but with some sort of engineering to support it. Looking at doing the following subjects:

    Would I have issues with different study options, would uni look at these as soft courses, I know I should do maths HL but been told its a nightmare and I would probably struggle at HL although I am ok at it.

    HL
    Physics
    Visual Arts
    ITGS

    SL
    English
    Spanish AB
    Maths
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    I would like to study psychiatry. Psychiatry is similar to psychology, but it's more medical, so I need to go to med school to get a degree in psychiatry, as opposed to psychology where I can take psychology course.

    After IB, I want to med school and specialize in psychiatry.
    med schools prefer sciences (biology, chemistry and physics). Now I got these figured out:
    HL: biology, maths
    SL: english a1, swedish ab initio, chemistry


    So I got 1 free slot. It's either physics or psychology.
    Would it be easier to get in med school with physics or psychology? Should I get chem HL and maths SL?
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    (Original post by draxlt)
    After IB, I want to med school and specialize in psychiatry.
    med schools prefer sciences (biology, chemistry and physics). Now I got these figured out:
    HL: biology, maths
    SL: english a1, swedish ab initio, chemistry


    So I got 1 free slot. It's either physics or psychology.
    Would it be easier to get in med school with physics or psychology? Should I get chem HL and maths SL?
    If you want to study Psychiartry it would be useful to do Psychology just to get to know the subject, make sure you enjoy it and understand it.

    (Original post by LauriC)
    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...
    ^ That.
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    Hey, I need some help choosing my sixth subject.

    I'm currently taking / will be taking:
    HL English A1
    HL History
    HL Chemistry
    SL French B
    SL Math

    For my sixth subject, I'm deciding between Physics SL or Geography SL. I know that Geography SL will be a lot easier than Physics SL, but I'm personally more interested in Physics.

    Regardless, I'm going to be studying modern languages in uni, so I don't really need either one. Should I just go with Geography because it'll be a lot easier to get a higher grade in it? Or should I pick physics because I'm more interested in it.

    Unfortunately, my school doesn't offer any other languages, or I would've definitely picked a third language.
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    (Original post by Vadis)
    If you want to study Psychiartry it would be useful to do Psychology just to get to know the subject, make sure you enjoy it and understand it.



    ^ That.
    Thank you :-)
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    Hi there,

    I'm applying for the IB, but I am unsure which subjects I should pick. The options I'll have are the following:

    Group 1: English A1 SL/HL
    Group 2: French B SL/HL, Spanish B SL/HL, German Ab Initio SL, Italian Ab Initio SL
    Group 3: History SL/HL, Economics SL/HL, Psychology SL/HL, Social and Cultural Anthropology SL/HL
    Group 4: Biology SL/HL, Environmental Systems and Societies SL
    Group 5: Maths SL, Maths Studies SL
    Group 6: Visual Art SL/HL, Chemistry SL/HL, a second group three subject from the four already offered based on demand SL/HL

    My predicted grades at GCSE (not IGCSE) are:
    English A*
    English Literature A*
    Maths A*
    Core Science A
    Additional Science A*
    Religious Education B
    I.C.T. A
    Drama C
    Geography A*
    French B

    I have also already completed CIDA I.C.T. (Merit) and Statistics GCSE (B, my school entered the top maths set without teaching the content at quite short notice hoping some of us would fluke C's - it went better than expected and around half of us got C's, and half B's, with only 2 D's.)

    I have also looked into possible University courses, and some which I am currently considering, are History, Literature, Teaching, Politics or Economics, but as you can see, I am by no means decided yet!

    My choices:

    Group 1:
    I will defiantly take English A1 HL because I love reading, and English Literature as a subject.

    Group 2:
    I would like to take French B SL as it is both more useful and respected than an Ab Initio language, but I am not very confident with it GCSE despite my prediction - I was below average and predicted D at GCSE until Christmas 2010, when my teacher was sacked and replaced by one of the best I've ever had, whose really helped me, and recently my grades have got a lot better which is why I'm predicted B. However, I would be moving to a college for I.B. and wouldn't have him, although I am told the teaching is very good. I also excel at reading, am okay with speaking and writing, and poor at listening - will the course structure compared to GCSE help or hinder me? Should I take an Ab Inition instead? If so, which one, based on usefulness, respectability, and difficulty?

    Group 3:

    I think I will take History HL, as I really regret not taking it for GCSE and have discovered a passion for it - I had to choose between it and Geography (yawn). I think it would also go well with/be needed for the university courses I am thinking of. My potential college are fine with it, but is it hard/risky taking a HL subject I haven't studied since year nine?

    Group 4:

    I expect to choose Biology SL, as although I'm good at science, I am not as interested in it long0term as other subjects (although the course sounds good!), and can't see myself using it much in the future.

    Group 5:

    Maths SL. Easy choice, I would consider HL were it available, and Studies is at too low a level for me.

    Group 6:

    I would like to take a second humanities subject as it would be more helpful for my future, at HL. However, I know that the A Level equivalents of Psychology and Social and Cultural Anthropology are considered slightly 'soft' by some universities such as Cambridge. Would I be fine taking either of these two, or would I be better of with Chemistry? If so, what should my third HL be (possibly Biology)? Or are these subjects fine? Also, I am unsure on my interest in Psychology - is it typically like a group four subject, theoretical science, like the other group three options, or a mixture/something else?

    Finally, I am almost certain I want to take the IB, as i despite the high grade requirements, I feel it may help me both get into and prepare for university, I may also apply abroad which it could help with, I want to be pushed academically, I think I will find it more interesting than A Levels, and I want to keep a broad range of subjects. But is there any particular reason you think I should steer clear?

    Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for any help!
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    (Original post by -raisa)
    Hey, I need some help choosing my sixth subject.

    I'm currently taking / will be taking:
    HL English A1
    HL History
    HL Chemistry
    SL French B
    SL Math

    For my sixth subject, I'm deciding between Physics SL or Geography SL. I know that Geography SL will be a lot easier than Physics SL, but I'm personally more interested in Physics.

    Regardless, I'm going to be studying modern languages in uni, so I don't really need either one. Should I just go with Geography because it'll be a lot easier to get a higher grade in it? Or should I pick physics because I'm more interested in it.

    Unfortunately, my school doesn't offer any other languages, or I would've definitely picked a third language.
    I know two people who are applying for modern languages at uni and are studying HL French and German. One of them do HL Philosophy alongside Eng/Math/Sci/ the other do SL History. If you don't really need physics or geography choose the one that is easier but you still enjoy, because one of the best things about IB is that you get to be well-rounded and keep your favourite subjects for another two years while beginning to specialise.


    (Original post by CLS1994)
    Hi there,
    Group 6:

    I would like to take a second humanities subject as it would be more helpful for my future, at HL. However, I know that the A Level equivalents of Psychology and Social and Cultural Anthropology are considered slightly 'soft' by some universities such as Cambridge. Would I be fine taking either of these two, or would I be better of with Chemistry? If so, what should my third HL be (possibly Biology)? Or are these subjects fine? Also, I am unsure on my interest in Psychology - is it typically like a group four subject, theoretical science, like the other group three options, or a mixture/something else?

    Finally, I am almost certain I want to take the IB, as i despite the high grade requirements, I feel it may help me both get into and prepare for university, I may also apply abroad which it could help with, I want to be pushed academically, I think I will find it more interesting than A Levels, and I want to keep a broad range of subjects. But is there any particular reason you think I should steer clear?

    Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for any help!
    IB is great for people who are good at everything/love to learn everything and don't want to give them up yet (I picked it because I'm greedy XP). So as long as you have the specialised subjects (ie ones you want for uni), you can afford to pick "soft" subjects" because you already meet the requirements. Sometimes universities like to see students interested in other things as well, and you can link them into your highers. You sound pretty qualified anyway, I shouldn't think Cambridge would mind an interesting person.

    As for Psychology, I don't study so I can't comment, but you should ask your would-be psychology teacher to explain the course and talk to existing psychology IB students.

    Don't forget, doing IB also requires you to do TOK and Extended Essay, which, while fun, are hell.

    Hope this helped
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    (Original post by Vadis)
    I know two people who are applying for modern languages at uni and are studying HL French and German. One of them do HL Philosophy alongside Eng/Math/Sci/ the other do SL History. If you don't really need physics or geography choose the one that is easier but you still enjoy, because one of the best things about IB is that you get to be well-rounded and keep your favourite subjects for another two years while beginning to specialise.
    Thanks

    The problem is, I like physics more than geography, but since I don't really need either physics or geography, I'm very tempted by the idea that geography is easier than physics!
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    (Original post by -raisa)
    Thanks

    The problem is, I like physics more than geography, but since I don't really need either physics or geography, I'm very tempted by the idea that geography is easier than physics!
    If you're confident in maths, then maybe you should choose physics. My friends who do physics and maths studies find physics difficult, but the ones who do HL or SL maths find it okay. There is a lot of calculations in physics. Talk to the people who do physics already. To be honest, during the first two weeks of IB in my year, loads of people switched subjects so it is still flexible if after a few lessons you change your mind.
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    Hey guys

    My IB choices are :

    HL : English A1, Biology, Chemistry
    SL: Chinese B, Maths, and Business Studies

    However, I'm now thinking of dropping down to English SL and taking Business HL instead. It's not because I can't keep up, but because the english program in my school is in a total mess right now. Do you think this is a good move, considering that I'm aiming for Medicine later on?

    thanks!
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    Hi, I'm planning to apply for Linguistics. (I previously wanted to go for Computer Science, but I realized this was a terrible idea because I truly do suck at mathematics.) I'm thinking of taking these subjects:

    HL
    -English
    -Psychology
    -Spanish
    -Danish

    SL
    -History
    -Math
    -Biology

    Do you guys think this is okay? Thanks!
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    (Original post by xEndeavors)
    Hi, I'm planning to apply for Linguistics. (I previously wanted to go for Computer Science, but I realized this was a terrible idea because I truly do suck at mathematics.) I'm thinking of taking these subjects:

    HL
    -English
    -Psychology
    -Spanish
    -Danish

    SL
    -History
    -Math
    -Biology

    Do you guys think this is okay? Thanks!
    If you think you can manage it, go for it! 3 languages at HL looks killer. So English A1 and Spanish, Danish B? Or are you going for a bilingual diploma?
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    (Original post by rohitronaldo)
    If you think you can manage it, go for it! 3 languages at HL looks killer. So English A1 and Spanish, Danish B? Or are you going for a bilingual diploma?
    Actually, I made a mistake with Danish. My school only offers Danish B, and I've had no previous experience with Danish. But I do plan to take English A1, Spanish B, and another language at either HL or SL.

    Question: Does it hurt my chances at applying if I've only taken 1 year of a language? This year, I took German 1, but the school I'm going to next doesn't offer German at all.
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    (Original post by xEndeavors)
    Actually, I made a mistake with Danish. My school only offers Danish B, and I've had no previous experience with Danish. But I do plan to take English A1, Spanish B, and another language at either HL or SL.

    Question: Does it hurt my chances at applying if I've only taken 1 year of a language? This year, I took German 1, but the school I'm going to next doesn't offer German at all.
    I'm not very experienced with the Linguistics offered by universities and the level of competition, but I would think that it should be enough. Besides, you will have to finish two languages in the IB and if you manage to secure top grades in them, you're all set.
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    (Original post by rohitronaldo)
    I'm not very experienced with the Linguistics offered by universities and the level of competition, but I would think that it should be enough. Besides, you will have to finish two languages in the IB and if you manage to secure top grades in them, you're all set.
    Thanks, I was so worried!!
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    (Original post by xEndeavors)
    Hi, I'm planning to apply for Linguistics. (I previously wanted to go for Computer Science, but I realized this was a terrible idea because I truly do suck at mathematics.) I'm thinking of taking these subjects:

    HL
    -English
    -Psychology
    -Spanish
    -Danish

    SL
    -History
    -Math
    -Biology

    Do you guys think this is okay? Thanks!
    Wow, seven subjects? IB is a lot of work so be careful doing this. 2 languages at HL is more than enough to apply for linguistics! Which level are you doing: A1//A2/B?

    I know psychology and history are a lot of revision for the finals, but it should be fine considering you don't need to revise languages that much.

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    back in the days I had:

    HL:
    Math
    History
    German
    Economics

    SL:
    English
    Physics

    really enjoyed math & history at higher level, would advise to take those!
    german higher level is an easy 7 so would also advise on that!
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    Thanks guys! I plan to take English A1, Spanish A2 or B, and another foreign language ab initio.
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    (Original post by skennymtyler)
    Hey guys

    My IB choices are :

    HL : English A1, Biology, Chemistry
    SL: Chinese B, Maths, and Business Studies

    However, I'm now thinking of dropping down to English SL and taking Business HL instead. It's not because I can't keep up, but because the english program in my school is in a total mess right now. Do you think this is a good move, considering that I'm aiming for Medicine later on?

    thanks!
    Is English your first language? In that case, I don't really see anything wrong with switching to SL...to be honest, the only difference is you read about 4 more books at HL. There isn't much of a difference in terms of assessing and the actual skills involved, except that you have to write on less World Lit assignment, and get a couple of "guiding questions" on your exam.

    With that said, and if this sort of thing is of any importance to you, you might want to take into account that some universities may see Business Studies as a "weak" subject (I'm not sure whether I think that's fair).

    How far along are you? Have you considered moving Math up to HL?
 
 
 
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