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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 & Literature
Group 2 Language Acquisition English, etc
Group 3 Individuals & Societies
History, Geography, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, etc
Group 4 Experimental Sciences
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc
Group 5 Mathematics & 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 24 30 36 42
A-levels 3A 4A 6A 6A*
Source: UCAS

After the IB

IB graduates can apply to universities in the UK via UCAS – just like how A-levels graduates would do it! If students’ IB scores fall short of the entry requirements of their target universities, they can also study a pathway programme – University Foundation, or International Year One – and progress to a degree after one year.

Boarding Schools offering the IB

Listed below are boarding schools within our school network that offer the IB programmes. Some of these boarding schools offer both the IB and GCE A-levels in sixth form, while some become an IB-only school. Other than boarding schools, a number of state colleges and independent colleges also run the IB programmes. Do contact our education consultants for more details about these schools and colleges!

Progression Route
Annual Tuition & Accommodation Cost
Boarding School HK$260K - 510K
State College HK$150K - 280K
Independent College HK$300K - 480K
Admission Requirements
Academic Requirement
Hong Kong Student Mainland Chinese Student
Completed F.5 Completed F.4 or F.5, with satisfactory result
English Requirement
IELTS 5.5+

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