The advantages of an IB Education

IB learning is not about cramming your head full of facts in a limited number of subjects, so that you can pass exams and get on to the next stage of academia; it is about you, the student:

  • your passion for discovery
  • your desire to make links between facts, subjects, thinking and life
  • your ability to work with others towards a goal, whether it be academic or service
  • your knowledge of how to communicate, both in your own and another language, asking questions of others and putting forward your own ideas
  • your presentation skills
  • your active, reflective engagement with, and understanding of, other cultures and views
  • your ability to balance different school requirements and still find time for fun
  • your readiness to put your head down and get on with work, on your own, thinking for yourself and finding your own solutions
  • your capacity to reflect on and to articulate your own learning

A recent survey of university admissions officers pinpointed that an IB education serves Sixth Form students better in developing all of the following skills and qualities: independent inquiry; workplace skills; an open mind; self-management skills; global awareness and citizenship. Mike Nicholson, current Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Bath University, also commented that universities recognise that.

  • an IB student has done all the extras – CAS, the extra-curricular component is compulsory, as is the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.

A recent IB graduate, Freya Chow-Paul, now studying International Relations and Development at Sussex University, put it this way: “I honestly feel that the Diploma has prepared me for university … I know how to manage my time and assignments, I am more confident, and I know how to reference a piece of work! I’ve learned how to work with others as well as on my own, and I’ve learned that sometimes there isn’t a correct answer, that sometimes you make mistakes, and it’s OK to do so.”