Last month, we talked about poly as another viable alternative to university. Some students have asked about the IB Programme? How different is it from the A levels?
To begin with, both IB and A levels are globally recognised 2-year programmes for university admission. Unlike the A levels where the entire grade would be awarded in the final exams, IB focuses on consistent work. This consistent work throughout the 2 years will contribute 20 to 30 percent of the final grade. The final exam makes up 70 to 80 percent.
Generally, students who are self-motivated with good time management, and prefer to explore learning out of classroom will find the IB programme enriching. They are also likely to do well.
There are currently 4 national schools offering the programme:
- Anglo Chinese School (Independent) ACS (I) L1R5 cut-off: 5
- St. Joseph Institution (SJI) L1R5 cut-off: 7
- School of Arts (SOTA) Requires talent in the arts
- Singapore Sports School Requires sports talent