Some private schools are so impressed by the IB diploma that they’re completely phasing out A-levels. Find out why pupils, parents, schools and universities love this course. By Joanna Wright
What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)?
It’s a two-year pre-university qualification that leads to a diploma that meets international standards and allows students to fulfil the requirements of their state education. So the IB is not based on any one system, nor is it in thrall to any one government.
Children as young as three can join the IB community with the Primary Years Programme (PYP) which they follow until age 12; followed by the Middle Years Programme (MYP) from ages 11 to 16, and students start the Diploma at age 16.
Top 10 reasons to choose the IB
1 The IB is flexible and wide-ranging
- 3 higher level subjects
- 3 standard level subjects
- Theory of knowledge (TOK)
- Extended essay (4000-word essay)
- Creativity, action and service (CAS)