Amongst Russell Group universities displayed above, (UCL and The University of Birmingham), average minimum entry requirements for A-level students are AAB. Meanwhile, there is a difference of four points for IB students.
There is a similar disparity in the average minimum admissions for Loughborough University and Leicester University, both of which sit outside the Russell Group of universities.
Again, if your A-level student is considering their options for a course at one of these two universities, their required grades are exactly the same. However, IB students find their choices more complicated, as there is a three point difference between Leicester and Loughborough.
For IB students hoping to study PPE there is a disparity between the two courses offered by The University of Leeds & University of Oxford respectively. While A-level students are asked achieve A-grades in all their subjects, IB students are asked to achieve a higher grade average for Oxford than they are for Leeds.
It’s worth mentioning at this point that entry requirements for Oxford are generally more rigorous. Nevertheless, if you’re a teacher or careers advisor at an IB school and you have a student with aspirations to apply for PPE, the disparity between IB grades entry requirements across universities could be an extra psychological hurdle in the decision-making process.
Now take a look at the entry requirements for Chemical Engineering. Whilst Birmingham asks for four A grades from its A-Level applicants, Manchester University only asks for three A grades. Meanwhile, IB students are asked to achieve broadly similar grade point averages when applying for either of the two Chemical Engineering degrees. Again, what are IB teachers, career advisers and students supposed to make of this when planning a university application?