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GCSE results and the IB

The IB Diploma is accessible to a broad ability range such that students with mainly B grades (now grade 5s) who would have struggled with A levels, were successful in the IB. 

This table shows anonymised data for some students whose GCSE results were borderline for successful entry into the Sixth Form and yet who achieved very successful IB outcomes and university places.

GCSE attainment

IB Points

University

Course

1A 6B 4C 32 Sheffield

Mechanical Engineering

8B 3C 1D

32

Liverpool

Marketing

2A 5B 3C 2D

33

Reading

Accountancy

1A* 4B 6C 1D

31

Leicester

Law

9B 3 C

29

Bournemouth

Psychology

3A 7B 2C

29

Reading

Geography

2A 7B 2C

37

Nottingham

International Relations