IB Schools and Colleges Association

IB or A-Levels: The decision to shape a lifetime

With Mark Seldon – Director of Studies at Gresham’s School



Many parents will be under the impression that they know all about A Levels (as they are likely to have taken them themselves) but don’t know as much about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Yet we are currently going through the biggest shake up to education in a generation and so, in order to equip parents to make informed decisions about supporting their children at 16 plus, it’s important that schools outline exactly what is involved in the less-familiar IB Diploma and also the much-changed A Level. I regularly meet with 15 and 16-year olds to discuss their plans for 16 plus too, and I still spend time ‘myth busting’ about the IB Diploma (“it is not too much work! It is not only for the very brightest!”).



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