This is certainly an advantage for students struggling to narrow down their subject choices for A-Level and wanting to keep doors open.
However, this may be off-putting for students with distinct skills and interests, for example, maths driven students who struggle with essays.
It is important to think ahead to the kinds of university courses the student will be interested in after, as most courses have requirements for which subjects the student has taken to Higher Level. For example, most science subjects (including Medicine) require two sciences to Higher Level.
I knew I was going to specialise in medicine early on, so I wanted to con-tinue with subjects that I loved, like French, for as long as possible. That scope is helpful. When it comes to writing essays, students who haven’t done arts subjects find it more difficult. And the presentations that were part of the IB programme have also helped when I’ve had to introduce topics to large groups at university.
– IB Student now studying Medicine