Should I choose IB or A-levels?I am a Year11 student in London. I have 2 options: to either study International Baccularate or A levels and I am not sure which one to choose. This is for my sixth...

Should I choose IB or A-levels?

I am a Year11 student in London. I have 2 options: to either study International Baccularate or A levels and I am not sure which one to choose. This is for my sixth form or college.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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If your aims are strictly academic, the IB program is your best bet. But if you have other outside interests--sports, work, social activities--you may find the IB program too time-consuming, and the A level may be a better fit.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Which you choose depends on your future career plans.  Based on that, you should decide which colleges you might want to go to.  If you are planning to go to school internationally, including in the United States, the IB program is internationally recognized.

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amne | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Good thought, I had to make the same decision, I decided that I didn't plan on going out of the country for College, so I didn't do IB. I would go with what you want and think of your future plans. If you want a more flexible schedule than I don't know if I would do IB, but, IB is a great advantage and isn't avalaible every where.

Yeah thanks. My school does IB so I want to stay on with the teachers I know. But I always have this question of is it hard?? The school is new so we're improving and it's the only school in London that does IB.

To be honest the only reason I'm staying is because it makes me feel like I'm at home and I've heard it's easier to get into good Uni's with the IB.

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cupi8114 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Good thought, I had to make the same decision, I decided that I didn't plan on going out of the country for College, so I didn't do IB. I would go with what you want and think of your future plans. If you want a more flexible schedule than I don't know if I would do IB, but, IB is a great advantage and isn't avalaible every where.

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amne | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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If your aims are strictly academic, the IB program is your best bet. But if you have other outside interests--sports, work, social activities--you may find the IB program too time-consuming, and the A level may be a better fit.

No, I'd like to study medicine and specialise as a paedratician.

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