Why choose IB?
The IB is a widely respected and internationally recognised qualification, offered by nearly 150 UK schools and nearly 4,000 worldwide. University admissions tutors are aware of the challenge that the IB provides and Diploma Programme students can be confident of being looked upon favourably. As well as the breadth of the course, the recent changes to the UCAS points tariff underline the depth covered in Higher Level subjects, which for the most part does not differ greatly from A Level courses at all.
Students choose the IB because they believe that continuing their studies across a range of key subject areas will better prepare them for their future careers, or because they feel it is too early for them to specialise.
The IB can also be very advantageous for some courses (e.g. Medicine) in terms of the offers they receive. With Russell Group universities making offers of between 34 and 38 points, these are very attractive for the vast majority of Whitgift students.
The breadth of study of the Diploma Programme, in addition to the focus on personal development offered by CAS, TOK and the Extended Essay, represents a more holistic educational ethos.
In addition, the IB has an explicitly international outlook, and all students participate in an exchange trip with a partner IB school in Europe. This gives students a greater sense of international perspective and encourages them to think about the world as a whole and their position in it.