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IB Entry Requirements to UK Universities

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niversity IB Requirements – Elite IB

Do you know what you need to get into your top-choice university? The IB isn’t as well understood by many UK universities as A-levels, or other national equivalent qualifications, and sometimes it can be hard to find information about what you need to do to secure your place on your chosen course.

Because of this, we’ve compiled the IB entry requirements for some of the most common degree programmes at the top 50 UK universities so you can find all the information you need in one place, and quickly compare institutions and programmes! This is our most viewed resource, used by schools around the world.

What do IB students need to get into UK Universities?

IBDP students can feel unsupported when trying to tackle the UK university application system, and therefore we at EIB Education regularly compile resources aimed specifically at making it easier to apply to the UK as an IB student. The entrance requirements matrix is always the most popular resource, for UCAS applicants and their families, as it provides a concrete, easy way to compare UK unis and courses as an IBDP student. We also provide guidance on deciding what to study, and where, for use in the earlier stages of the UCAS application process, as well as resources comparing Oxford and Cambridge from the IB perspective, from teaching style, Science study at either institution or decoding the terminology, all from Oxbridge and IB graduates!

What makes a strong UCAS application?

Making a successful, and competitive, application through UCAS relies on understanding your own skills and strengths, as well as being able to ‘play the system’ to make the most of your advantages and minimise your disadvantages. With UK universities seeing increases year-on-year of applications from international students, be sure to understand which universities really ‘get’ the IB and make offers in line with their A-level offers. Knowing which institutions will make you an offer of comparable difficulty to the offers being made to those undertaking other qualifications helps IB students to assess more accurately the level of difficulty placed by that university on accessing their teaching, and thereby applicants can be confident they are applying to the right kind of institution for them. In the past, IB students have found themselves striving to meet very high UCAS offers and have then joined a university and found many of their peers were asked for far lower grades to gain entrance to the same course. Thankfully, as universities have greater exposure to the IB Diploma, offers are generally made more in line with other qualifications, but do be sure to check the requirements of your desired course across a range of universities to understand which are best suited to your IB predicted grades as well as you as a learner and future university student!

Be sure to equip yourself to the best of your ability, to make your UCAS applications as competitive as possible, and check the IB entrance requirements of your courses before working through the rest of our final UCAS checklist!

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Sample UK university offers

There are a number of offers which surprise students year after year- to study English at Edinburgh, for instance, you must attain a 5 in SL Maths! Further, the LSE requirement of a 7 in HL Maths to study Economics catches many applicants off-guard. However, for universities with the largest number of IB applications, such a King’s College London, entrance requirements have become more suited to IB students over recent years, with the standard KCL offer being dropped from 37 to 35 in response to feedback from IB applicants.

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