Why do A Levels over the IB?

Like anything, there are pros and cons when choosing between A Levels and the IB. However, as the gold standard for university applications (the ultimate goal for the majority of our students), we are firm believers in the A Level system. Here are some key reasons why:

  1. Like anything, there are pros and cons when choosing between A Levels and the IB. However, as the gold standard for university applications (the ultimate goal for the majority of our students), we are firm believers in the A Level system. Here are some key reasons why:
  2. A Levels are subject-based qualifications that allow students to focus on the subjects they enjoy most and perform best in. Students typically study 3-4 subjects which allows them to focus on specific areas and gain deeper knowledge, often leading to targeted careers, such as medicine.
  3. Students can also choose any combination of subjects and combine it with the International Project Qualification (IPQ) which allows them to do a project on any topic of their choosing. When considered alongside the array of co-curricular options available students can gain an exceptional degree of variety.
  4. The flexibility of A-levels allows students to devise a programme of study that suits them. This means preparation for SAT, BMAT/UCAT, IELTS and other university requirements is much more manageable than with other systems.
  5. Students who have studied A Levels often find the transition to university courses easier, as they have explored their key subjects in more depth. Many US colleges give credits to A-level students in recognition of how advanced they are.

Rugby School Thailand’s Sixth Form offers students a comprehensive selection of A Level subjects alongside co-curricular activities and university preparation courses. This means that students not only finish their school career with great grades, university offers and an understanding of their career path, but they also have diverse interests and a good understanding of the world beyond school.

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