IB, A Level or BTEC?

For those pupils joining a boarding school at 16, there is the choice – traditional A levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB). More recently some schools have started to offer BTEC courses too.

An A level curriculum allows pupils to specialise in 3 or 4 subject areas, while the IB is a broader curriculum with 6 subjects being studied, 3 at a standard level and 3 at a higher level. Students must also write an extended essay.
Let us know which curriculum you prefer on the enquiry form and we will recommend appropriate schools.

BTEC courses are more vocational and combine practical learning with subject and theory content.

All these courses lead to university entry.