‘I would lean over backwards to admit IB students’
Dr Loebinger, Manchester University
Why do so many universities feel the same way about IB Diploma students? Just read on.
The breadth of study
The programme is broad but there is also depth – the Higher Level, Standard Level and core programme ensure this. Choosing the IB avoids the need to specialise too early and allows students to start a new language if they wish.
There is a wide choice of topics at different levels and a chance to research an area that interests each student in the Extended Essay.
Encourages critical thinking and asks students ‘What does it mean to know something?’
Wider Personal Development
The Diploma Programme enables the development of students within the JESS community and in society as a whole. e.g. JESS Vietnam Project, Little Wings.
It is excellent preparation for university
The IBDP helps students develop skills such as research, critical thinking and independent learning.
The IB Diploma is a highly regarded qualification
…within the international workplace of the future.
Businesses like the broad-based, rigorous study which helps students develop good language, numeracy and time management skills.
The Diploma is now increasingly popular with UK universities
Many UK universities now favour IB applicants over A Level applicants.
The IBDP allows the student the opportunity to make an application distinctive. Universities can distinguish the best candidates and appreciate the skills the IB provides.
The Diploma caters for the whole ability range
A few students achieve the top score of 45 points but many do not and are accepted into university.
To pass the IBDP students need 24 points subject to criteria being met (please refer to IBDP Student Guide).
The international dimension
The IBDP is recognised by universities in over 100 countries.
The IBDP is a natural extension of the strong international dimension which exists both in JESS and in Dubai generally, providing an ideal preparation for global citizenship.
Useful Links & Articles
- The International Baccalaureate website http://www.ibo.org/
A BBC radio discussion about the merits of the IB vs A-Levels - July 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00sz36k/Womans_Hour_15_07_2010
Ofqual Report 12 May 2012