The broadness of the bac
Although once marketed by a school in the USA as a programme for the "severely gifted", in UK terms the diploma programme more or less matches the A-level cohort. It would be better described as a programme for the well-motivated college-bound student. The range of pass marks is wide: from 24 points to 45 points and universities offer places to IB students across that spectrum just as with A-levels. A combination of breadth, depth,coherence, academic rigour and internationalism make IB students particularly sought after.
DAVID RUSSELL BARNES Adviser to the director general International Baccalaureate Organisation Cardiff