Option C: Am I creative?
In the past, many of our students have proven to be skilled musicians and artists. Pursuing either Art or Music through IGCSE to IB is a valuable pathway for our students. It offers them the potential to gain good academic grades but more importantly, it provides them with an opportunity to demonstrate their risk-taking and creative skills. These skills are highly valued by universities and employees. There is an increasing desire for balanced students who can demonstrate academic knowledge, thinking skills, social skills, and creativity. You might not be the best musician or artist but simply by exploring learning in these fields, you can develop and evidence skills that are highly valued in the 21st century.
However, Business Studies is a great option, too. Combined with either History or Geography, the study of it can rapidly increase your English skills. After 2-years of studying these subjects in combination, you will be prepared for the English language demands of the IBDP. You will also have the critical thinking skills to excel on the core component of the IB, which is worth 3 points in total and features the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
*Option 6 in the IB includes Chemistry and Business. It is not compulsory to take a creative subject as part of the IBDP.
Can I study a subject at IB level if I have not studied it at IGCSE?
The short answer is YES but you may be required to demonstrate that you have the skills to cope with the subject. For example, students who study either History or Geography at IGCSE, will be able to evidence that they have many of the skills needed to study either Business or Economics at IB.