The IB Diploma programme is awarded by the IBO, a Swiss-based charitable foundation, established in Geneva in 1968.
Initially designed as a programme for students in international schools, IB Diploma examinations were first taken by about 300 candidates in 11 schools in 1970.
In 2016, internationally there were 159,000 students completing IB Diploma programme exams in around 2,500 schools, including approximately 5,000 students attending UK schools.
IB Diploma students follow a broad range of Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) subjects over the two years of the programme, but can at the same time specialise in those subject areas of greatest interest to them.
Students are expected to develop the critical thinking skills, independent learning styles and knowledge of academic research that are expected for successful university level study.
They are also expected to consider the nature of knowledge, engage in community service and promote international understanding, valuing cultural diversity.
Hi, I am in need of some serious advice on what my options are and what I can to to get into university. Any advice would be much appreciated.
So basically, during my time at college (three years ago), I sort of messed up. I didn't know what I wanted to do and due to various personal issues and problems I was not able to complete my course to the best of my abilities. I ended up just scraping by with the bare minimum grade which is far from a true reflection of what I am actually capable of.
Three years down the line I have finally worked out what I want to do, I want to go to university and study however I do not have the required UCAS points to do so. I currently have 120 UCAS points which is extremely low.
Due to my low UCAS points and being out of education for the past few years I decided to try and apply to universities that offer a foundation year with a full course, as the minimum UCAS entry requirements for these courses are much lower and studying a foundation year would be a great help to ease myself back into education.
Unfortunately there are few universities that offer a course in the subject I would like to study, and the ones I have applied for I am a little short of the minimum required UCAS points for the course, however I decided to apply anyway with the hopes that they may overlook my UCAS points and score my application based on my personal statement, reference, and work experience. Unfortunatley I have been unsuccessful in doing this, which is understandable as I do not meet the requirements (the ones I applied for have around 160-180 UCAS points minimum requirements).
My next hope was to apply through clearing, so I requested feedback on my application and spoke to one of the universities I applied for, who advised to me that my UCAS points were too low. I asked if applying through clearing would be a realistic option with the amount of UCAS points I had, and they advised that it was not.
At this point, I do not know where I can go from here. I am currently working full time, I have moved away from home to a different city and receive no financial support from my parents or family. I support myself financially and I simply cannot afford to pay for any extra courses or any further education and even if I could it is unlikely I would be able to fit time in to do this whilst working full time.
Is there any way I can gain more UCAS points to gain access to university?
What are my options at this point and where can I go from here because I am really stuck, if anyone can help me I would be extremely grateful.
This is really frustrating for me because I believe I am good enough to go to university and I really want to work hard and do well but I just have nothing to prove this.
Thank you for reading my post.