Chapter 3 – Why one of the alternatives may be better

1. Want the opportunity for more breadth

Conversely, it may be that you’re struggling to narrow down just 3 subjects you wish to continue. In this case, the IB diploma is a really attractive alternative see our guide for more information.

2. Not as well established

The Pre-U is new, and since the few schools that offer it tend to be the top institutions, this limits the amount of privilege universities can afford the qualification.

We have to be very careful that we don’t allow a particular qualification an advantage in the process. If we did that it might become divisive. Yes, it will help us to distinguish between the top students – but only between the top students who are offering the Pre-U. It isn’t going to impact on students coming via different routes.

Angela Milln, Director of Admissions at the University of Bristol

3. Practical considerations

One practical consideration is that there may not be any schools nearby offering the Pre-U, or the ones that are nearby do not offer the desired subjects. See our page on finding a school to check.


There is no one right answer. In order to make the most informed decision, compare other post-16 options by checking out our curriculum guides to A-Level and IB. Our Consultation Service is also here to help you make the best choice.