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A world of opportunities with the IB Diploma at ACS International Schools

PUBLISHED: 12:43 14 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:58 20 February 2013

A world of opportunities with the IB Diploma at ACS International Schools

A world of opportunities with the IB Diploma at ACS International Schools

We live in a global society, with worldwide companies doing international business right here in the UK.

We live in a global society, with worldwide companies doing international business right here in the UK. Young people today need to learn a wide range of skills to succeed, but preparing for this fast paced, globalised world with a local education seems insular, and perhaps even slightly outdated.


A qualification growing in popularity for UK parents and students looking for an alternative to A-Levels is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. For many people it offers the well-rounded education that arms young people with the skills and experience needed to meet the demands of the modern age.


Universities tend to favour the IB Diploma, seeing the qualification as a mark of open mindedness, the ability to develop independent enquiry, and good communication and self-management skills. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by ACS International Schools asked UK admissions officers to rate the IB Diploma and A-Levels against these attributes and several others. The IB Diploma was ranked more highly than A-levels in eight out of nine attributes.


And US and European admissions officers agree, with the IB Diploma outperforming their respective national qualifications. US admissions officers particularly valued the IB for its strength in developing good self-management skills and the ability to cope under pressure. European admissions officers valued the IB Diploma for developing business skills such as team working and presentation skills. The report will be reassuring for all IB Diploma students and graduates looking forward to a bright future, wherever in the world that might be.


Pure academic knowledge alone is no longer enough for young people, with universities and employers asking for skills relevant study or the workplace. The IB Diploma answers these demands by developing in-depth understanding through critical inquiry and broad-mindedness.


More young people are looking to expand their educational and work horizons, and they and their parents need to have confidence in the qualifications theyre gaining and their standing across the world. The IB Diploma certainly offers this international flexibility.


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