There have been several research projects commissioned into the benefits and successes of the IB Diploma. In 2016, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) compared IB Diploma students entering UK higher education with students who studied A-levels, and found that:
- IB Diploma Programme (DP) students have a 57% greater likelihood of attending one of the top 20 UK universities than students who study traditional A-levels
- DP students have a larger probability of achieving both a first and second class degree compared to their A-level peers – 23% of DP students achieve a first-class degree compared with 19% of A-level students
- DP students are considerably more likely to be engaged in further study, such as a Masters or PhD after leaving higher education, while A-level students are more likely to enter the world of work – 30% of DP students participate in postgraduate study compared to 15% of A-level students
- IB students have greater post-education prospects, on average earning more than their A-level counterparts
- The highest median salary for a Diploma Programme leaver who holds a degree in Mathematical Sciences is £30,000, compared to £22,000 for A-level students who graduate with the same degree
- 18% of DP alumni are employed in professional, scientific and technical activities, compared to 13% of A-level students. A-level students are more likely to be employed in wholesale and retail trades (16%) compared to 10% of IB students.
Read more about the HESA research and download a copy of the report.
Further information on the IB Diploma can be found on the International Baccalaureate Organisation website.