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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) is an internationally recognised system for pupils between the ages of 16 and 19 which prepares for entry into higher education and gaining higher qualifications. There are currently over 200 schools in the UK that offer the IB to students.
Students can study for the IB after GCSEs as an alternative to AS and A-levels and the scope of subjects that are studied under the program is wider than that of A-levels which means they are open to a wide variety of career options.
Essentially the IB is teaching students how to learn, how to ask challenging questions and to develop their knowledge and general communication skills.
The three characteristic core requirements of the IB include:
As well as these core areas of study, IB students must also choose one subject from each of the following groups:
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework.
The framework shows how different types of qualifications compare, in terms of the demands they place on learners.
For more information on International Baccalaureates, please follow the below links:
The Welsh Baccalaureate (Welsh Bac) was introduced in Wales as alternative to the A-level route to qualification and comprises three levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. The core of the Welsh Bac is made up of the following five areas: