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    Hello everybody,
    I am due to pick my iB subjects for next year, this is what I am provisionally planning to study:
    HL Maths
    HL Physics
    HL Chem
    SL Eng
    SL Span
    SL Geo

    I hate to specialise at this moment in my life, I have not decided about my future and I am open minded in terms of career options. I am however certain that my future will be of scientific nature.

    In short, my question is, which iB subjects would you suggest I should take to keep my career options as open as possible?

    I have looked at entry requirements of some universities. To illustrate my problem, I need Physics for engineering at my top choice university (Cambridge) but for instance, I would need Biology and Chemistry if I chose to study Medicine at my second choice university (Imperial). Please don't advise me to make my mind up or to pursue further reading, I love all aspects of science and I am just facing tough decisions about my future at the age of 16.

    Also, studying A Level is not an option.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Thanks,
    Sam
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    (Original post by samr96)
    Hello everybody,
    I am due to pick my iB subjects for next year, this is what I am provisionally planning to study:
    HL Maths
    HL Physics
    HL Chem
    SL Eng
    SL Span
    SL Geo

    I hate to specialise at this moment in my life, I have not decided about my future and I am open minded in terms of career options. I am however certain that my future will be of scientific nature.

    In short, my question is, which iB subjects would you suggest I should take to keep my career options as open as possible?

    I have looked at entry requirements of some universities. To illustrate my problem, I need Physics for engineering at my top choice university (Cambridge) but for instance, I would need Biology and Chemistry if I chose to study Medicine at my second choice university (Imperial). Please don't advise me to make my mind up or to pursue further reading, I love all aspects of science and I am just facing tough decisions about my future at the age of 16.

    Also, studying A Level is not an option.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Thanks,
    Sam
    Well, you have to make a choice. There is no solution for the problem you've presented.

    You can, if you have the motivation, do 7 subjects with PCMB HL. This would be incredibly challenging and some would argue unnecessary, but if you can't make up your mind at the moment, then you might as well take all 4 at HL.

    Try it out for a month, see which subjects you like and which you don't. Then drop one HL when you have a better idea of whether your temperament is more suited to medicine or engineering.

    Otherwise, I would suggest Physics, Chemistry and Maths HL would be best. While Imperial may be out of the running, there are still many other excellent medical schools open to you with this combination.
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    Hey

    I am currently an IGCSE student, but next year I will be starting my two year IB diploma programme. My school requires for me to take 3 subjects at SL and 3 at HL.

    I am thinking of doing:
    Biology HL
    Chemistry HL
    English and Literature HL

    Math: SL
    Psychology: SL
    French: SL

    I want to study biochemistry for my undergraduate degree and then medicine for my masters degree (in the u.s).. I was wondering if maths SL is something similar to what IGCSE maths is like? I am taking core for my IGCSE exam, but I am finding it very easy..
    I am 15 years old, I will be turning 16 in December 2013, and I am not sure if i will be able to handle Biology and Chemistry HL. What is chemistry and biology HL exactly like? Is it something similar to what IGCSE biology and chemistry is like?
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    I'm going to be starting the IB Diploma Programme this September, and I am considering taking these subjects:

    English HL
    Economics HL
    Business & Management HL

    French SL
    Math SL
    ESS SL OR Physics SL (Please let me know which would be a better option for my subject combination as I know ESS and B&M are "soft" subjects and which would get me better university offers)

    I understand that Math HL is a must for the top economics programmes, but I don't mind because I have done Additional Math in IGCSE and I definitely do not want to take HL Math.

    Also, I know taking B&M and Eco HLs together is frowned upon, but I have done both in my IGCSEs and I like both subjects, so I would prefer taking both.

    Would I be able to get into a law programme with this subject combination, without taking History?

    I would appreciate your feedback and opinions on which programmes I can study for uni with this subject combination.
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    (Original post by tumblrfangirl)
    I'm going to be starting the IB Diploma Programme this September, and I am considering taking these subjects:

    English HL
    Economics HL
    Business & Management HL

    French SL
    Math SL
    ESS SL OR Physics SL (Please let me know which would be a better option for my subject combination as I know ESS and B&M are "soft" subjects and which would get me better university offers)

    I understand that Math HL is a must for the top economics programmes, but I don't mind because I have done Additional Math in IGCSE and I definitely do not want to take HL Math.

    Also, I know taking B&M and Eco HLs together is frowned upon, but I have done both in my IGCSEs and I like both subjects, so I would prefer taking both.

    Would I be able to get into a law programme with this subject combination, without taking History?

    I would appreciate your feedback and opinions on which programmes I can study for uni with this subject combination.
    This depends on which calibre of law schools you're looking at and where. In Britain, for most top law schools, B&M HL is considered a 'non-preferred' subject.

    Other than that pesky detail, insofar as Law is considered, there is no prescribed subject combination that is essential or preferred over another. I did Law with English, History and Economics HL, a friend of mine on the same course did Chemistry, Physics and English. All that matters is that you have good grades and how you present yourself in your personal statement.
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    (Original post by tumblrfangirl)
    I'm going to be starting the IB Diploma Programme this September, and I am considering taking these subjects:

    English HL
    Economics HL
    Business & Management HL

    French SL
    Math SL
    ESS SL OR Physics SL (Please let me know which would be a better option for my subject combination as I know ESS and B&M are "soft" subjects and which would get me better university offers)

    I understand that Math HL is a must for the top economics programmes, but I don't mind because I have done Additional Math in IGCSE and I definitely do not want to take HL Math.

    Also, I know taking B&M and Eco HLs together is frowned upon, but I have done both in my IGCSEs and I like both subjects, so I would prefer taking both.

    Would I be able to get into a law programme with this subject combination, without taking History?

    I would appreciate your feedback and opinions on which programmes I can study for uni with this subject combination.
    Seriously, get rid of the B&M for something else and you'll be fine. It has an awful reputation, party due to the A-Level equivilant, but is not good for a law application especially if you're already taking Economics. You don't have to take History by any means, but avoid B&M like the plague.
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    (Original post by CLS94)
    Seriously, get rid of the B&M for something else and you'll be fine. It has an awful reputation, party due to the A-Level equivilant, but is not good for a law application especially if you're already taking Economics. You don't have to take History by any means, but avoid B&M like the plague.
    So would it be okay if I chose Physics HL and did B&M SL? Or should I get rid of B&M completely and take ESS instead?

    I really appreciate your help
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    (Original post by tumblrfangirl)
    So would it be okay if I chose Physics HL and did B&M SL? Or should I get rid of B&M completely and take ESS instead?

    I really appreciate your help
    UK Universities don't really care what subjects you took at SL, so long as you got high enough scores in them to boost your overall IB score.

    Replace B&M HL with whatever you want, as long as it's a strong, traditional subject. That can be History, Physics, Psychology, Chemistry, etc.
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    Hi, I've been doing the MYP so I have a fairly good idea of how the IB works. As it stands, I've chosen to do

    HL
    English
    Biology
    Psychology

    SL
    Maths
    French B
    Chemistry

    My quandary is Psychology vs French - which one would be most useful as a HL subject? I don't really know what i want to go into at uni, so I kinda want to keep my options open. Does anyone do psychology? How difficult and time consuming is it? The advantage I have is that I've lived in Switzerland for 8 years now, so my french is at quite a good level... I don't see what difference my decision would make but any input would be verrrrry helpful!
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    UK Universities don't really care what subjects you took at SL, so long as you got high enough scores in them to boost your overall IB score.

    Replace B&M HL with whatever you want, as long as it's a strong, traditional subject. That can be History, Physics, Psychology, Chemistry, etc.
    Okay so after taking your input into account and asking around some more, I have decided to take these subjects:
    English HL
    Economics HL
    History HL

    French SL
    Math SL
    ESS SL

    I'm pretty confident with my choices now and I thank you all so much for your help!
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    (Original post by tumblrfangirl)
    Okay so after taking your input into account and asking around some more, I have decided to take these subjects:
    English HL
    Economics HL
    History HL

    French SL
    Math SL
    ESS SL

    I'm pretty confident with my choices now and I thank you all so much for your help!
    No worries. You literally have the exact same combination as I did (except mine was French Ab Initio SL) and I applied for law as well. So your combination is ideal in my opinion.
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    (Original post by renren)
    Hi, I've been doing the MYP so I have a fairly good idea of how the IB works. As it stands, I've chosen to do

    HL
    English
    Biology
    Psychology

    SL
    Maths
    French B
    Chemistry

    My quandary is Psychology vs French - which one would be most useful as a HL subject? I don't really know what i want to go into at uni, so I kinda want to keep my options open. Does anyone do psychology? How difficult and time consuming is it? The advantage I have is that I've lived in Switzerland for 8 years now, so my french is at quite a good level... I don't see what difference my decision would make but any input would be verrrrry helpful!
    Seeing as you aren't really sure what you want to do at uni, having Psychology HL might keep more options open. With your background of living in Switzerland, obviously French would be an easier subject to cope with for you. Psychology can be very time consuming (I've been told) and there is a fair amount of memorisation in the subject.

    With all of that in mind, the decision does come down to you. At the end of the day, unless you're leaning towards a languages/French/linguistic specialisation at uni, there's really no point in taking French B HL.
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    (Original post by arrowhead)

    With all of that in mind, the decision does come down to you. At the end of the day, unless you're leaning towards a languages/French/linguistic specialisation at uni, there's really no point in taking French B HL.
    Arrowhead,
    You're saying that there's really no point in taking HL French, so, does that mean if you're thinking about doing IR will it not be as important? Since I'm not thinking of studying French at uni.
    At the moment I'm currently deciding between HL Psychology and HL French.


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    (Original post by N Kay)
    Arrowhead,
    You're saying that there's really no point in taking HL French, so, does that mean if you're thinking about doing IR will it not be as important? Since I'm not thinking of studying French at uni.
    At the moment I'm currently deciding between HL Psychology and HL French.
    I didn't say you have to want to study French at university to justify taking French HL. I suggested that since renren wanted to keep her options as open as possible, Psychology HL would be best to achieve that given her presented choices.

    As far as IR is concerned, it's not problematic at all. There is no specified subject combination that is ideal for it. Personally, I would say English and History lend themselves best for the future study of IR (since there's a lot of reading and essay writing), but any subject combination could theoretically work to get you in.

    (Original post by Passmeplease)
    Hi lovely people. Just wondering if you could give me some advice on my initial IB choices. I'm starting the DP in August and IB is definitely the qualification I want to take. I have no idea on where to go for uni or what I would study or potential career paths.

    English HL
    Math Studies SL
    ENvironmental Systems and Societies SL
    Spanish Ab Initio SL
    Psychology HL
    Theatre Studies HL
    Well, you're limited in your options with your current choices. I'm going to assume that you want to do something in an arts/media-related field. Since you have no definite career plan or path or university course in mind, there's nothing really wrong with your subject choices.

    I will say that Theatre HL isn't always looked upon favourably by universities, so come time for applications if you decide that you want to apply for a non-arts/media degree, the Theatre HL could potentially be a hindrance to your application. That is something you should consider if you want to keep your options open.

    Other than that, your choices are fine.
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    (Original post by arrowhead)
    I didn't say you have to want to study French at university to justify taking French HL. I suggested that since renren wanted to keep her options as open as possible, Psychology HL would be best to achieve that given her presented choices.

    As far as IR is concerned, it's not problematic at all. There is no specified subject combination that is ideal for it. Personally, I would say English and History lend themselves best for the future study of IR (since there's a lot of reading and essay writing), but any subject combination could theoretically work to get you in.
    I see, I can't do History since I've never done it before.
    Thank you so much though :-)



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    (Original post by N Kay)
    I see, I can't do History since I've never done it before.
    Thank you so much though :-)
    Then I think IR might be a rude awakening. A friend of mine doing IR at the moment characterised it as, and I quote, "a glorified history course."
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    Then I think IR might be a rude awakening. A friend of mine doing IR at the moment characterised it as, and I quote, "a glorified history course."
    Perfect. 😲


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    (Original post by arrowhead)
    Seeing as you aren't really sure what you want to do at uni, having Psychology HL might keep more options open. With your background of living in Switzerland, obviously French would be an easier subject to cope with for you. Psychology can be very time consuming (I've been told) and there is a fair amount of memorisation in the subject.

    With all of that in mind, the decision does come down to you. At the end of the day, unless you're leaning towards a languages/French/linguistic specialisation at uni, there's really no point in taking French B HL.
    Thanks so much for your reply! It's interesting to hear that- I've been hearing that taking a language would keep more options open since it can be more useful in a larger range of subjects... but then again, I don't want my HL subjects to portray me like a linguistic because I don't think I am one :P
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    (Original post by renren)
    Thanks so much for your reply! It's interesting to hear that- I've been hearing that taking a language would keep more options open since it can be more useful in a larger range of subjects... but then again, I don't want my HL subjects to portray me like a linguistic because I don't think I am one :P
    Having strong skills in multiple languages is definitely an asset, but it should be kept in mind that you will be doing French B, which somewhat expresses less than fluent ability in the French language. This, in my opinion, diminishes the perceived advantage of multiple language skills ordinarily engendered, since French B isn't the strongest language course that can be taken.

    I think Psychology would be a better fit for your outlook.
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    (Original post by arrowhead)
    Having strong skills in multiple languages is definitely an asset, but it should be kept in mind that you will be doing French B, which somewhat expresses less than fluent ability in the French language. This, in my opinion, diminishes the perceived advantage of multiple language skills ordinarily engendered, since French B isn't the strongest language course that can be taken.

    I think Psychology would be a better fit for your outlook.
    I see what you're saying now, thanks for your help!


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