IB or A Level? Which is the best option for your son or daughter?

23 Nov 2011

35 years ago this year St. Clare’s, Oxford decided to stop teaching A Levels in favour of the then, little known, International Baccalaureate Diploma. My predecessors recognized then, as I do today, the considerable advantages that the IB offers young people as they prepare for the next stage of their education at university, either at home or abroad. There are significant differences between these two qualifications the most salient of which, I believe, are as follows:

Where parents have a choice of sixth form, attention must also be given to the ethos of the school or college, the level of support given to students and the level of careers advice – all of which contribute to finding a school where a young adult will be happy and productive.

Mrs P Holloway, Headteacher St Clare’s, Oxford