IB or A-levels: which is best?

The Telegraph is reporting that recent research has found that students taking the IB are more likely to get first-class degrees than their A-level peers.

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A key decision for parents of students heading into the sixth form is which route their child should take. While A-levels are by far the most popular option, the most widespread alternative, at both UK and international schools, is the International Baccalaureate(IB) diploma.A-level students typically take three or four subjects which can be exclusively science or the humanities.IB diploma students take six subjects, which must include a mix of science and humanities, plus three other elements: theory of knowledge, which looks at how we know what we know; creativity, activity, service, which involves artistic, sporting and voluntary work, and an extended essay.And while both routes are widely-accepted for entry into university, both have their devotees.Recent research into higher education outcomes has tended to put the IB in a good light. A study by Leeds University academics found that students who took higher level maths at IB were more likely to get a first class degree than those who took A-level maths.

Analysis by the Higher Education Statistics Agency found that IB students were more likely to go to a top 20 ranked university than their A-level peers, more likely to get a first class degree and more likely to go on to postgraduate study.