"They know about education; not just three subjects. They can think across boundaries; not along straight lines. University is the natural extension of IB and together they provide the essential lateral and creative thinking that employers look for."
Dr Mike Dobson FSADirector, Flexible Combined Honours Degree, University of Exeter
The IB Diploma is recognised by all UK and US universities, and in surveys Admissions Tutors regularly support the claim that the IB provides an excellent – and better – preparation for university and the world of work. Leading universities like the fact that the IB results allow them to discriminate at the top end and that, unlike other qualifications, there has been no grade inflation over the last twenty years.
In 2011 the Higher Education Statistics Agency conducted research on the relative success rates of IB Students and concluded:
- 19% of IB entrants achieved a first-class honours degree, compared to 14.5% with A-Level or equivalent.
- IB students are almost twice as likely to study medicine and dentistry: 5.1% compared to 2.9% of A-Level.