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International Baccalaureate Diploma valued highly by universities

13 July 2016

The International Baccalaureate diploma has once again topped the charts as the exam system that best prepares its students for higher education in an annual survey of university admissions officers. The International Baccalaureate diploma (IBDP), according to UK university admissions officers, is the best preparation for university. The University Admissions Officers survey, now in its eleventh year, asked admissions officers to rate three exam systems, A levels, the IBDP and BTEC and rank them against factors such as ‘encouraging independent enquiry,’ and ‘developing ability to cope with pressure.’ Take a look at the results: International Baccalaureate Diploma: Best preparation for university Out of the the 81 UK universities surveyed, the IBDP was rated top in developing 13 out of 14 factors considered useful in preparing students to thrive at university. The survey was commissioned by ACS International Schools, International Baccalaureate Organisation(IB) and International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association (IBSCA). International Baccalaureate Diploma v A-Levels In the survey, A-Levels scored top in just the one category – developing in-depth subject expertise; while the BTEC scored highest top in one area too - developing workplace skills.  It is often argued that A-Levels, which require greater depth of study into fewer individual subject areas as opposed to the broader academic scope of the IB, are more highly prized by university admissions officers. In fact, at the COBIS Annual Conference earlier this year, Rebecca Williams of Oxbridge Applications suggested that IB students could be at a disadvantage when applying to Oxford and Cambridge. source

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