The IB is a challenging pre-university qualification, recognised for its high quality and integrity by universities and employers worldwide.
IB students learn how to learn and to develop independence of mind, critical and creative thinking, intellectual flexibility and self-motivation: all qualities and skills that transfer well to university-level study.
The Director of Admissions at Cambridge is on record in support of the IB, “because the IB differentiates better than A level; if we are hesitating about making an offer at all, we would be more likely to make an offer to an IB student than to an A level student.”
Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Harvard University, observes that, “IB is well known to us for excellent preparations. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.”
Dr Lorraine Craig, Geophysics & Engineering, Imperial College, London, says, “We find that IB students adapt more easily to a university style of learning and become independent learners from an earlier stage compared to those from other backgrounds.”
The Independent quoted a source from a leading Russell Group university: “IB students tend to have better independent study skills, greater ability to take sensible notes in lectures, and are more able to deal with open-ended and multi-part questions than their A-level counterparts.“’
Professor Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter found that “those who are coming in with the International Baccalaureate do better in firsts and 2.1s than the average, by about 6%.”
Many universities are very pro-IB. King’s College, London, ranked 19th in the QS World University Rankings 2013, has recently stated that “the highest overall point score that will be required is 35 points (including the core).
As with A Levels, offers vary by course and university. There is plenty of evidence that leading universities are very impressed by IB students.
Sample typical offers for 2014 entry:
Business and Management at Oxford University – 39 points; Law at Queen Mary, University of London – 36 points; Medicine at Kings College, London – 35 points; Engineering at Leeds University – 35 points; Economics at Liverpool University – 35 points; Neuroscience at St Andrews University– 35 points; Architecture at Oxford Brookes University – 32-4 points; Physics at Leicester University – 32 points; History at Aberystwyth University – 29 points; Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University – 28 points; students in the UK who “fail” the Diploma with fewer than 24 points are usually accepted onto degree courses via the UCAS tariff.