Within each IB grade band, girls received a higher proportion of unconditional offers/acceptances than boys, meaning there is no evidence which points to universities favouring girls over boys based on their predicted IB grades. Male students also had a higher proportion of overall rejections in every grade band.
Having accounted for students’ region of origin, their region of destination and their predicted grades, we next analysed if female IB students were receiving more favourable offer rates because they were applying to less competitive subjects.
Analysis: what were the most competitive subjects for IB students in 2018?
Before analysing student success rates by subject, let’s take a look at the most competitive subjects for the IB students in our 2018 cohort. For the students surveyed this year, Maths/Computing based subjects had the highest rate of rejections, along with Engineering.
Meanwhile the subjects with the highest overall acceptance rates, and the lowest rejection rates, were Education and Journalism/Media courses.