Universities

International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes enjoy a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions.

International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes enjoy a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions. In particular, the Diploma Programme (DP) is accepted and highly regarded by all universities in the UK. The IB works closely with the higher education community and the UK university admissions service (UCAS) to ensure IB students continue to receive the recognition they have earned, as well as to examine and further develop our programmes to ensure they consistently offer the best preparation for university studies and life beyond.

The current 2016 UCAS tariff allocates points for the total IB score or the individual subjects if a student has not completed the full DP. The recently published HESA report, comparing DP and A Level student’s outcomes in higher education, clearly demonstrates that DP students make excellent progress at university.

Many universities accept scores for DP language courses as proof of language proficiency, others ask DP students for additional proof. A recent study by the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK has provided a benchmark to aid institutions in determining language proficiency requirements for DP students without requiring additional testing, by examining how the level of English language competency of non-native English speakers compares to levels on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Read more here.

The IB team/organisation supports universities and higher education institutions in clarifying the admittance policies for IB students. Read our guidance on developing a policy and how to share it with us. Twice a year, the IB sends updates to the higher education community – from programme updates to events – subscribe now.

 

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