Communicator (communicator) wrote,

International Baccalaureate

My daughter has just finished her final exams for the International Baccalaureate. It seems like a good qualification to me, though I think it's more demanding than A levels. She has studied biology, chemistry, maths, English, history and Russian. Normally there is only one science subject and an art subject, but there is flexibility for some specialisation, because she wants to study biomedical science at Uni. It seems to be well recognised by Universities (with one or two exceptions), though she is being asked for high points in A Level terms.

It's an expensive course to offer and the college she studied at is going to drop it from next year, unfortunately. I'm glad she had the chance to experience it, though at one point she said 'It's the biggest mistake I ever made in my life' (this was when she was revising for the final exams; it seemed a huge task).

I think the demanding nature of the course - as well as the academic subjects you have to do community service, a physical activity, and an expressive art - will prepare her well for University. It's also been good to study with students from many different countries. Of course we haven't had her final grades yet, but I think she'll do OK.

The reason I post this is because I remember discussing the decision to take this qualification, two or three years ago on this blog, and I thought people might be interested in the verdict - as you can see it is an endorsement, to anyone considering this option, with the caveat that it's tiring and demanding.
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