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1 Universities and the IB Bryanston school 3rd October 2014
Peter Fidczuk IB UK Development and Recognition Manager (formerly Director IB, Dartford Grammar School)

2 CBI Education & Skills Survey 2012
What do Employers want? CBI Education & Skills Survey 2012 John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said: "It's alarming that a significant number of employers have concerns about the basic skills of school and college leavers. Companies do not expect them to produce 'job-ready' young people, but having a solid foundation in basic skills, such as literacy and numeracy, is fundamental for work."

3 What do Employers want? CBI Education & Skills Survey 2013

4 What do Employers want? CBI Education & Skills Survey 2014

5 What do Universities want?
UEA comments at the Westminster Education Forum 2014 Students starting at university have the following problems: Forgotten much subject knowledge Lack ability to inquire Lack ability to read extended texts Lack ability to select sources and extract relevant material

6 What do Universities want? Nottingham - cognitive skills
Analysing Synthesising Critical thinking Evaluating Problem solving Inquiring mind Intellectual insight Innovation Argument construction Intellectual risk

7 Over half a million graduates since 1970
Available in English, French, Spanish with examinations in May and November each year Diploma students take six subjects plus they write a 4,000 word extended essay, complete a course in theory of knowledge, and complete a number of creativity, action and service projects The diploma is well recognized by the world’s leading universities Alternatively, students can opt to take individual certificates in one or more subjects Many IB schools teach the Diploma Programme along-side national programmes The DP courses online project allows students to study a variety of Diploma subjects with other students from around the world led by an IB teacher and distance learning online

8 IB learner profile The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century As IB learners we strive to be: inquirers knowledgeable thinkers communicators principled open-minded caring risk-takers balanced reflective

9 The IB Diploma

10 Levels and Points Standard Level – broadly similar to AS level
Higher level –broadly similar to A2 level Usually HL and SL Each assessed on a 1 to 7 scale Total 42 points + 3 for Core = 45 max (146 in 2014)

11 IB Diploma Broad & balanced does not mean shallow
Linear, not modular (synoptic exams in May of Year 13) Connections within subject areas Connections between subject areas Assessment: more ‘open question’ than A level (hard to ‘teach to the test’) Standard Level (SL) courses are as challenging as Higher Level (HL) Theory of Knowledge (TOK) a very good indicator of a student’s ability to think analytically, critically and independently

12 The IB Diploma Core Theory of Knowledge (graded A-E)
4000 word Extended Essay (graded A-E) Creativity, Action & Service

13 Theory of Knowledge

14 Sample TOK Questions Knowledge is generated through the interaction of critical and creative thinking. Evaluate this statement in two areas of knowledge ‘Through different methods of justification, we can reach conclusions in ethics that are as well-supported as those provided in mathematics.’ To what extent would you agree? ‘What separates sciences from all human activities is its belief in the provisional nature of all conclusions’. (Michael Shermer). Critically evaluate this way of distinguishing the sciences from other areas of knowledge. Using history and at least one other area of knowledge, examine the claim that it is possible to attain knowledge despite problems of bias and selection.

15 The Extended Essay Research project Limited teacher input
Extended piece of writing Structured argument central Must demonstrate inquiry/research/investigation/analysis

16 The Extended Essay What are the key factors John Williams employs to create an original soundtrack that is aurally appealing and a skilful underscore? Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: to what extent is there a relationship between culture and identity? Is artificial intelligence real intelligence? An analysis of internet systems and algorithms behind them. Can there be any moral justification for the war in Iraq? To what extent can the defence of Thermopylae and Artemisium be seen as a turning point in the Persian Wars? To what extent is Cillit Bang safe to use?

17 Creativity Action Service (CAS)
Experiential Learning About 150 hours over the course of two years Must be completed and 8 learning outcomes satisfied to pass the diploma Changes students’ perceptions and takes them out of their comfort zone

18 CAS increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth undertaken new challenges planned and initiated activities worked collaboratively with others shown perseverance and commitment in their activities engaged with issues of global importance considered the ethical implications of their actions developed new skills

19 Any questions?

20 Universities’ Perceptions of the Diploma



23 What do Universities say?
Oxford comments at the IBSCA HE Conference 2014 IB is a “great qualification” as it is: Challenging Offers a global perspective Integrated programme Interdisciplinary develops essay writing skills Extended Essay is an extended piece of writing developing inquiry, independent study skills and research skills TOK develops the skill of critical analysis

24 Entry to Higher Education in the UK
Accepted by all universities UCAS tariff points HEI very positive attitude to DP applicants Higher offer rate than A level HEFCE equivalence 34 points = ABB Some examples of offers this year: Oxford, English 38 + Kings College London, Medicine 35 + HL Exeter, Spanish & Russian 34 Leicester, Physics 32 + HL Aberystwyth, Geography 26 Greenwich, Games Computing 24

25 20 most popular IB Universities
2012 2013 The University of Edinburgh 1999 2044 University College London 1833 1919 University of Exeter 1270 1606 The University of Warwick 1369 1337 University of Bristol 1096 1316 King's College London 1139 1247 The University of Nottingham 1311 1226 Durham University 1207 1223 LSE: London Sch of Economics 922 1054 The University of Kent 962 1039 The University of Manchester 939 987 Oxford University 916 938 University of Bath 827 935 Queen Mary, University of London 755 925 University of St Andrews 838 874 University of Southampton 888 843 Imperial College London 729 738 University of Cambridge 777 735 University of Leeds 785 712 University of Glasgow 526 698 324 HEI in total

26 Offer rates for IB UK students
2013 IB offer rate 2013 all quals offer rate The University of Edinburgh 58 37 University College London 57 48 University of Exeter 90 81 The University of Warwick 78 64 University of Bristol 68 55 King's College London 72 39 The University of Nottingham 62 Durham University 66 56 LSE: London Sch of Economics 26 24 The University of Kent 99 83 The University of Manchester 84 60 Oxford University 29 25 University of Bath 74 Queen Mary, University of London 82 University of St Andrews 59 44 University of Southampton 87 63 Imperial College London 61 46 University of Cambridge 40 31 University of Leeds 80 University of Glasgow

27 Entry to Higher Education in the USA/Canada
The following universities have accepted IB students from the UK in 2014: Harvard Columbia Rutgers Duke Carnegie Mellon McGill

28 Diploma Myths Diploma students have difficulty getting to HE
Diploma students can’t access medicine courses because they can’t study triple science If a student fails a subject they fail the Diploma It’s too hard It’s only suitable for the most academic students

29 Conclusion Universities value Diploma students as they are : HE ready
Well organised Well skilled Rarely ‘fail’ Able to cope with intense courses


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