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(Original post by crimson.threads)
You all seem to have some great ideas.... I might go for IB, and I have... well, an interesting subject mashup.

I plan to take:
HL Visual Art
HL Film Studies
HL Business Management

SL Maths
SL Biology? <-- Is this allowed?!
SL English Lit

How does this mashup- am I allowed this combination? It's rather confusing, as I can't seem to fit in my French, which is a SL. Help!!! Also, what will the work load be like? I'm trying to keep my basic options open, but since my strengths lie mostly in design orientated subjects and oddly, business, I'm taking HL subjects to complement that.

Also, is Economics way harder than Business & Management, or are both roughly the same? I take Business Studies in IGCSE, and I love it- would this help IB Econ or Business Management the most?
You can't do that combination, as you have two group six subjects (Art and Film). You would have to drop one of those, and then you'd have room for French. You'd then have to bring an SL up to HL to have three of each. Hope this helps
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You can't do that combination, as you have two group six subjects (Art and Film). You would have to drop one of those, and then you'd have room for French. You'd then have to bring an SL up to HL to have three of each. Hope this helps
Ah but the funny thing is, in my school we're allowed that combination, I think. But it ends up with us taking ESS in place of a science to make room, which I have no idea about- it's supposed to be environmental scientific studies? It's rather confusing...

Thanks a lot for that suggestion though, if worst comes to worse, I may just drop art and take HL English or Bio.
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(Original post by crimson.threads)
Ah but the funny thing is, in my school we're allowed that combination, I think. But it ends up with us taking ESS in place of a science to make room, which I have no idea about- it's supposed to be environmental scientific studies? It's rather confusing...

Thanks a lot for that suggestion though, if worst comes to worse, I may just drop art and take HL English or Bio.
No, unless there's a loophole due to ESS, you cannot take your subjects - it is not determined by your school, it is determined by the IBO. You have to take one subject at least from groups 1-5 (language, language, humanity, science, maths) and then either a subject from group 6 (arts) or another on from 1-5.

If you really want to do the two arts subjects you can always have one as the 7th subject!
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Thanks a lot! One more query..... what 7th subject?
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No, unless there's a loophole due to ESS, you cannot take your subjects - it is not determined by your school, it is determined by the IBO. You have to take one subject at least from groups 1-5 (language, language, humanity, science, maths) and then either a subject from group 6 (arts) or another on from 1-5.

If you really want to do the two arts subjects you can always have one as the 7th subject!
My friend does ESS, Visual Arts & Film Studies. =S (Art and Film HL)
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Ah but the funny thing is, in my school we're allowed that combination, I think. But it ends up with us taking ESS in place of a science to make room, which I have no idea about- it's supposed to be environmental scientific studies? It's rather confusing...

Thanks a lot for that suggestion though, if worst comes to worse, I may just drop art and take HL English or Bio.
If you take ESS, then you'll have to drop buisness and management, because the loophole is that ESS counts as a group 3 and 4 subject, so you can take an extra subject of your choice to get six. So yes, you could do ESS, but you'd have to drop B&M, so you'd have: English, French, ESS, Maths, Art and Film.
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I think I've made my IB choices - just:

French HL
Philosophy/ethics HL
English HL
Maths SL
History SL
Physics SL

Do these seem like a good combo? Anyone doing physics standard level care to tell me what it's like?
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snippity snip snip
They're fine.

Physics SL is ok, it requires a good amount of work but if you want an 'easier' science go for Bio or ESS but you'll have a lot to learn in biology.
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They're fine.

Physics SL is ok, it requires a good amount of work but if you want an 'easier' science go for Bio or ESS but you'll have a lot to learn in biology.
I hear bio and ESS are ****takes... I did chem SL and it was a tough 2 years.
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I hear bio and ESS are ****takes... I did chem SL and it was a tough 2 years.
Are what?

If you like physics take it.
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They're fine.

Physics SL is ok, it requires a good amount of work but if you want an 'easier' science go for Bio or ESS but you'll have a lot to learn in biology.

(Original post by TEEJUS)
I hear bio and ESS are ****takes... I did chem SL and it was a tough 2 years.

(Original post by chickenonsteroids)
Are what?

If you like physics take it.
Okay thank you I'll look into Physics and biology a bit more.
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Are what?

If you like physics take it.
I'll get warning points for this. Pisstakes
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I'll get warning points for this. Pisstakes
If you want to refute it you can talk to a moderator about it :yes:

But you haven't been warned yet :lol:
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If you want to refute it you can talk to a moderator about it :yes:

But you haven't been warned yet :lol:
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So I'm thinking of studying medicine, and I'm thinking of choosing these subjects for IB:
HL-Maths
HL-Chemistry
HL-Biology
HL- French B
SL-English
SL- History
What do you think? I know that going with four HL subjects is really hard, but I talked to my teacher and he said that if I really am going to study medicine, I should be able to cope with four HL subjects. However, I've been studying French for about 7 years and got an A* in my IGCSE when I did it early, without spending much time on it. I found the IGCSE course quite easy.... So I was thinking about trying to get the bilingual diploma by taking French A2 standard level instead of french B, but i donno how difficult it will be... I like french and I'm willing to work a bit extra but I just wanted to know how big a difference there is between French B HL and A2 SL.....
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So I'm thinking of studying medicine, and I'm thinking of choosing these subjects for IB:
HL-Maths
HL-Chemistry
HL-Biology
HL- French B
SL-English
SL- History
What do you think? I know that going with four HL subjects is really hard, but I talked to my teacher and he said that if I really am going to study medicine, I should be able to cope with four HL subjects. However, I've been studying French for about 7 years and got an A* in my IGCSE when I did it early, without spending much time on it. I found the IGCSE course quite easy.... So I was thinking about trying to get the bilingual diploma by taking French A2 standard level instead of french B, but i donno how difficult it will be... I like french and I'm willing to work a bit extra but I just wanted to know how big a difference there is between French B HL and A2 SL.....
You could write your EE in french and still get the billingual diploma

You don't need 4 HL so if you struggle with the workload don't worry about dropping maths or french to SL.

Good luck
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I'm in Year 11 and I'm starting the IB diploma next year, with the intention of doing Medicine or really any Biological/Natural Science at University. Really, really passionate about this. At the moment I'm predicted all As/A*s at GCSE so I know I've got the ability.

PROVISIONAL:

HL: Biology, Chemistry, Geography
SL: Maths, German, English Lit

But I'm in a slight dilemma because I also know I'm a solid Mathematician (my teacher said so himself), and don't whether a uni course in this field may perhaps be more ideal for me

I even sat my Maths GCSE in year 10, obtaining A*, so have the understanding that a Maths/Economics route may POSSIBLY be more suited for me. Admittedly, I also have a strong interest in this.
I was just wondering what sort of subject combination would give me the prospect of doing Medicine or Sciences at the best or most competitive of Unis, without hampering eligibility for Economics or Maths

It's just so I can be eligible for both fields, in case I change my mind midway through the diploma
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Swap maths and geography around.

HL maths is very difficult btw
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Swap maths and geography around.

HL maths is very difficult btw
thank you! Sorry, I edited my post. I didn't preview tut tut.
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But I'm in a slight dilemma because I also know I'm a solid Mathematician (my teacher said so himself), and don't whether a uni course in this field may perhaps be more ideal for me
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If you're a solid mathematician then by all means choose Math HL. It's one of the more difficult subjects but it leaves you with many options later. (Especially for medicine/nat sciences/maths/econ)

I initially signed up for Math SL thinking I wouldn't need maths later anyway (plus I'm not a mathematically-minded person). Then my teacher talked me into giving it a go, and I'm so glad he did because I ended up applying for economics.
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