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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

IB is an internationally recognised high school qualification. It is a two-year programme that focuses on developing students’ aptitude and critical thinking skills, helping them adapt to the learning environment in universities. Content of IB is broader and more difficult than that of the GCE A-levels. Students need to process very strong comprehension and writing skills to cope with the more demanding curriculum.

Course Features

  • Worldwide reputation of the qualification enables students to apply to all top universities in most countries including universities in Hong Kong.
  • Compared to GCE A-levels, IB is more recognised by universities in the US.
  • Mid-range obtainment of 35 marks in IB is equivalent to 4As in GCE A-levels. Studying IB better demonstrates the ability of top students.
  • Course Structure

    Students study one subject from each of the following six groups, in which at least three of them must be at the Higher level.

    Group 1
    Studies in Language and Literature
    Group 2
    Language Acquisition
    English, etc
    Group 3
    Individuals and Societies
    History, Geography, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, etc
    Group 4
    Experimental Sciences
    Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc
    Group 5
    Mathematics and Computer Science
    Mathematics, Maths Studies, etc
    Group 6
    The Arts
    Visual arts, Music, Dramatic arts or any third language

    Apart from the academic studies, students are also required to complete a research report as well as taking part in extra-curricular activities and community services:

    Extended Essay (EE)
    4000-word essay on a self-selected topic.
    Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
    1200 to 1600-word essay on a specified topic.
    Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
    Minimum obtainment is pass.

    Assessment

    Maximum mark of each subject is 7. With 3 extra marks from EE and TOK, full mark is 45.

    IB obtainment can be compared to that of the GCE A-levels:

    IB 45 40 34 29 24
    GCE A-levels 6A 5A 4A 3A 2A
    Source: UCAS
    Progression Route
    Annual Tuition & Accommodation Cost
    Boarding School HK$290K - 490K
    State College HK$120K - 160K
    Independent College HK$260K - 400K
    Admission Requirements
    Academic Requirement
    HK Student China Student
    Completed F.5 Completed F.4 or F.5, with satisfactory result
    English Requirement
    IELTS 5.5+

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