Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can you elaborate on the IB programme?
At its core is an approach to teaching and learning that builds real critical thinking, open-mindedness and the willingness to take intellectual risks. EE (Extended Essay) teaches them how to plan and write large assessments. CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) builds confidence to jump in socially, join exciting new clubs and make the best of university life. TOK (Theory of Knowledge) is the strangest component as IBDP graduates report that it often takes up to ten years for students to fully realise the great impact it had on them when they are in their first career position.
What are the benefits of an IB programme?
The biggest advantage is that IBDP is an education and not just a way into university. In my opinion, it has real extra value for university students overseas as they are in a strange country with no friends and usually very little support. IBDP students hit the ground running. A visiting alumni student studying Engineering at Edinburgh University this year commented how easy she found the laboratory work including writing reports after the IBDP and how lost other students were from an A-level background. Statistically, IBDP graduates are twice as more likely to be in a top 20 university in the United Kingdom (UK) than A Level students and 20% get firsts compared to 12% of A Level students. IBDP students are also twice as more likely to be studying medicine than A Level students. Entrance rates into Oxford, one of the few universities to publish such statistics, are more than three times higher for IBDP graduates than A Level holders from Malaysia.
What advantages does Sri KDU offer for students interested in an IB Diploma?
We have a very personalised approach in the classroom with small classes typically comprising 5-12 students and lessons are very dynamic. We focus on building university-ready students and we take CAS very seriously that reflects my corporate past as I know what top employers value; skills such as leadership, quick adaptive thinking and resilience all developed in the IBDP and especially CAS. The effect of this is seen in our outstanding results as our long term average for 2011/2015 academic years is 35 points with a small but diverse groups. Last year students who had two AAs in Mathematics/English IGCSE or equivalent scored an average of 37 (world average 30) and those with 5As and above scored an average of 39 points. Last year we had two students awarded 43 points and another 42 who obtained a place at Cambridge University to study Engineering. We have found over the years a good reference and personal statement from the outstanding CAS programme we provide is worth points in effect from the offers we get. We offer full and very personal support to all our students when applying to University. We are also an UCAS registered centre and we cater for applications anywhere in the world. Most UK elite universities in the UK (Russell Group) have offered our students Engineering, Law and Economics in the range of 34-37 points. Cambridge and Imperial are in the 39-41 range for Mathematics and Engineering. United States tends to be unconditional based on predicted scores but typically 35+ gets you into a top 20 American university. Canada and Australia are very low even for the best students so we work with these students to find a well-known high class university that suits them.
Mr Edward Baxter
IBDP Coordinator and Key Stage 5 Director
Sri KDU International School