IB Update 2015

IB Session – Supporting IB students thru UCAS

  • 1.2% apply to UK unis. (according to UCAS database)- IB – 2%. V aspirational students.

  • Applications – Edinburgh, UCL, exeter, warwick, Bristol, KCL, Nottingham – top UK universities.

  • Confirmed IB places – History, English, Medicine, Geog, Engineering, Languages are the highest numbers.

  • Dentistry and Vets also successful.

  • Never asked for UCAS tariff points!

  • Good unis – Royal Holloway

  • UCAS tariff mainly used by lower universities

  • IB offers tend to be a higher rate. Doing the IB is certainly not a disadvantage and is probably an advantage – e.g. University of Kent – 34 points – 90% offers.

  • Student Number Control still in place – 34=ABB

  • KCL, UCL and Leeds want IB!

  • KCL – 35 points. 70% increase in IB acceptances. About 20% of 1st year KCL undergrads are IB.

  • UCL – 38 points plus total points at HL & specific points.

  • Leeds 35 points & HL points – usually 17 or 18.

  • Birmingham going that way.

  • REFER TO 2014 Offers slide. Vet Science at RVC 766

  • Oxbridge figures. Oxford 38-40 typically & 666 or 766. Achievable offers.

  • Cambridge 38 (King’s College)-34 plus STEP paper.

  • Average result is 42.9 outcome.

  • Unconditional offers rise this year. Birmingham, Sussex, Nottingham – SEE SLIDE.

  • Diploma “courses” – UCAS tariff points allocated for all components. If uni says no, persist – e.g. Exeter have changed their attitude as have Leeds and Kent. HL seen as A-level, SL seen as AS level. 3 x HL subjects needed and treated as A-levels, not e.g. 2 x HL and 2 x SL.

  • IBCP – blends academic with vocational. Can take IB components. Vocational qualification – BTEC, CISI, City and Guilds. E.g. Warwick – Theatre, Sports Science – Exeter. High tariff unis want to see some HL.

  • Reflective Project in the Core accredited by Ofqual now.

  • IB is equivalent to 5.5 A-levels.

  • Check HEFCE website for equivalances.

  • SEE GRADE EQUIVALENCES SLIDE. 5, 6, 7 are under-rated by unis. 7 is achieved by far fewer students than A* – Maths 7%, Eng Lit 2%. Grades are tougher than A-level.

  • Fischer Family trust research into outcomes. SEE SLIDES.

  • English language proficiency – if following full diploma in English and taking either English A or B should be exempt from requirement to take IELTS.

  • IB is looking to get equivalence between IB subjects and CEFR B2.

  • Oxford, Exeter, Warwick happy that if above is fulfilled they’re ok.

  • Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Teaching – cap remains in place.

  • Medicine – 25 – Kings, Keele, Leeds. SEE MEDICINE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS SLIDE. USE THIS FOR PRISCILIA!

  • Maths HL very very challenging. Problem solving. No mechanics. HL maths is understood to be v challenging.

  • Oxford’s view of IB – challenging, global perspective, integrated, interdisciplinary, develops essay writing skills, EE is extended pice of W developing inquiry.

  • TOK develops critical analysis.

  • Warwick uni – “The achievement and experience of IB grads is qualitatively different from those of other uni entrants”

  • Choice of subjects is crucial. Level of Maths needs to be considered carefully – no turning back – students need to be counselled to choose highest level they may need. If not managing by end of 1st year, may need to change.

  • Personal statement – challenge, organisation, inquiry, prioritisation, time management perseverance. (SEE PERSONAL STATEMENT CHECKLIST FROM PRESENTATION)

  • Reference – school context…other qualifications. Non-selective, privileged backgrounds. Changing curriculum and culture – “renovation” – school profile paragraph in reference. If Eng Lit and Perf show it as Lang A. If no IGCSE grades or MYP grades.

  • Don’t bother taking IELTS unless asked to – unis may assume English language (Spanish IB school never gets asked for IELTS!)

  • Predicted grades – 47% are too optimistic, 9% too pessimistic. SCHOOLS NEW TO IB MOST AT RISK OF INACCURATE predictions.

  • CEM IBE, ALPS – use stats to assess their vailidity. IB Statistical Bulletin.

  • SEE GRADE DISTRIBUTION ENGLISH A LITERATURE SLIDE.

  • Flag up the EE – ACADEMIC ESSAY.

  • Results – Sunday 5th July schools.

  • Unis are going to start dealing with early release qualifications earlier!

  • ENSURE TRANSCRIPT OF RESULTS TO BE SENT TO THE UNIVERSITIES SO THEY CAN CONFIRM THE PLACE. Must be released to UCAS and individual unis.

  • More flexible unis – SOAS, ABERDEEN, CARDFIFF, EXETER, KENT, LIVERPOOL ETC – SEE SIGNIFICANT MOVERS 2014 SLIDES.

  • Weaker students make most improvement in life chances.