Our last piece in the series on School Boards focuses on life after “school” – Grades 11 and 12.
Q. 1. What is the key difference between both International boards that is CIE Board and IB Board?
A.1. Both CIE and IB boards are accepted at par in all Universities abroad. The key difference between the two is that CIE board offers IGCSE and ‘A’ Levels which are stream and subject specific programmes. English is the only compulsory language in the CIE Board. Being a stream and subject specific programme it’s more focused on a specific line of study.
e.g. 1. ) If a student wants to take up medical career, he/she needs to study Physics Chemistry and Biology.
e.g. 2. ) If a student wants to do Engineering or architecture or become a pilot he/she needs to study Physics Chemistry (for Engineering) and Mathematics.
e.g. 3. ) If a student wants to study Commerce, Chartered Accountancy, BMS, BMM and BBA he/she needs to study Business Studies, Accounts Economics or Art and Graphics (BMM).
e.g. 4. ) If a student wants to pursue liberal arts, humanities, Psychology so he/she will have to study Business studies, Art and Design psychology or English Literature.
However, in IBDP, a student needs to do one subject from each of the 6 streams – Language & Literature, Language acquisition (second language), Individual and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and Arts. In addition, there is the Core which comprises the Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Action and Service. There IBDP is academically more vast than the ‘A’ Levels where students covers all streams. This later gives them an option to choose any field they wish to science, commerce or arts.
Q. 2. Are High Level and Standard level courses assessed differently in IB ?
A.2 The IB awards the same number of points for higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) courses, reflecting the IB’s belief in the importance of achievement across a broad range of academic disciplines.
HL and SL courses differ in scope but are assessed against the same grade descriptors, with HL candidates expected to demonstrate the various elements of the grade descriptors across a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills
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