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1 Universities and the IB Bryanston school 3rd October 2014 Peter FidczukIB 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 2012John 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 2014Students starting at university have the following problems:Forgotten much subject knowledgeLack ability to inquireLack ability to read extended textsLack ability to select sources and extract relevant material
6 What do Universities want? Nottingham - cognitive skills AnalysingSynthesisingCritical thinkingEvaluatingProblem solvingInquiring mindIntellectual insightInnovationArgument constructionIntellectual risk
7 Over half a million graduates since 1970 Available in English, French, Spanish with examinations in May and November each yearDiploma 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 projectsThe diploma is well recognized by the world’s leading universitiesAlternatively, students can opt to take individual certificates in one or more subjectsMany IB schools teach the Diploma Programme along-side national programmesThe 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 profileThe IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st centuryAs IB learners we strive to be:inquirersknowledgeablethinkerscommunicatorsprincipledopen-mindedcaringrisk-takersbalancedreflective
10 Levels and Points Standard Level – broadly similar to AS level Higher level –broadly similar to A2 levelUsually HL and SLEach assessed on a 1 to 7 scaleTotal 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 areasConnections between subject areasAssessment: 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
14 Sample TOK QuestionsKnowledge 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 writingStructured argument centralMust demonstrate inquiry/research/investigation/analysis
16 The Extended EssayWhat 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 LearningAbout 150 hours over the course of two yearsMust be completed and 8 learning outcomes satisfied to pass the diplomaChanges students’ perceptions and takes them out of their comfort zone
18 CASincreased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growthundertaken new challengesplanned and initiated activitiesworked collaboratively with othersshown perseverance and commitment in their activitiesengaged with issues of global importanceconsidered the ethical implications of their actionsdeveloped new skills
23 What do Universities say? Oxford comments at the IBSCA HE Conference 2014IB is a “great qualification” as it is:ChallengingOffers a global perspectiveIntegrated programmeInterdisciplinarydevelops essay writing skillsExtended Essay is an extended piece of writing developing inquiry, independent study skills and research skillsTOK develops the skill of critical analysis
24 Entry to Higher Education in the UK Accepted by all universitiesUCAS tariff pointsHEI very positive attitude to DP applicantsHigher offer rate than A levelHEFCE equivalence 34 points = ABBSome examples of offers this year:Oxford, English 38 +Kings College London, Medicine 35 + HLExeter, Spanish & Russian 34Leicester, Physics 32 + HLAberystwyth, Geography 26Greenwich, Games Computing 24
25 20 most popular IB Universities 20122013The University of Edinburgh19992044University College London18331919University of Exeter12701606The University of Warwick13691337University of Bristol10961316King's College London11391247The University of Nottingham13111226Durham University12071223LSE: London Sch of Economics9221054The University of Kent9621039The University of Manchester939987Oxford University916938University of Bath827935Queen Mary, University of London755925University of St Andrews838874University of Southampton888843Imperial College London729738University of Cambridge777735University of Leeds785712University of Glasgow526698324 HEI in total
26 Offer rates for IB UK students 2013 IB offer rate2013 all quals offer rateThe University of Edinburgh5837University College London5748University of Exeter9081The University of Warwick7864University of Bristol6855King's College London7239The University of Nottingham62Durham University6656LSE: London Sch of Economics2624The University of Kent9983The University of Manchester8460Oxford University2925University of Bath74Queen Mary, University of London82University of St Andrews5944University of Southampton8763Imperial College London6146University of Cambridge4031University of Leeds80University of Glasgow
27 Entry to Higher Education in the USA/Canada The following universities have accepted IB students from the UK in 2014:HarvardColumbiaRutgersDukeCarnegie MellonMcGill
28 Diploma Myths Diploma students have difficulty getting to HE Diploma students can’t access medicine courses because they can’t study triple scienceIf a student fails a subject they fail the DiplomaIt’s too hardIt’s only suitable for the most academic students
29 Conclusion Universities value Diploma students as they are : HE ready Well organisedWell skilledRarely ‘fail’Able to cope with intense courses