The DP is recognised and respected by the world’s leading universities, and evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-DP students. A HESA Report compared DP and A Level students’ outcomes in higher education. It shows that DP students make excellent progress at university: among full-time first-year students enrolled at Higher Education Providers (HEP) in the UK, previous enrolment in the DP significantly increased students’ likelihood of attending a top 20 HEP. Further to that, DP students have a significantly greater likelihood of earning a first-class honours degree and are notably more likely to engage in further study.
We have asked one of our new graduates, Edward, to share some of his thoughts and memories of the IBDP at LCIS. Edward studied at LCIS for 7 years before graduating in 2020.
“I am excited to go to the University of Birmingham and spend more time studying chemistry. From the moment I set foot in the university I knew it was the place for me.”
We were keen to find out how Edward would describe his experience of the IBDP. He was quick to respond: “The IBDP was intensely challenging. From the start of DP1 to the cancelling of the exams, there weren’t two days in a row where I didn't spend a few hours writing an English paper, answering emails or brushing up on my knowledge of thermochemistry. Having no break to let yourself be you, rather than the version of you that wants to get the best grades, does put a certain strain on yourself. But at the same time, we found ourselves in an environment where we were being pushed academically and mentally as a group, and I really feel that the friendships I made during my time at LCIS strengthened a lot during the IBDP.”
Edward tells us: “One of my best memories of my time studying for the DP at LCIS is the many hours I spent with Mr Taylor (Head of Science) doing physics after school. A lot of those hours were spent towards my IA (Internal Assessment), but equally, we spent many hours on random questions I thought of during the day, usually on the topic of mechanics or astrophysics/relativity, that he would be happy to answer. We would spend about an hour and a half solving a question together on the whiteboard, semi related to the syllabus, but fully related to our own curiosity. Those afternoons were not just fun, but also reminded me why I was so passionate for the sciences and they fuelled the rest of my studies.”
Edward agrees that the IBDP has prepared him well for university and life in general: “By pushing us as far as it did, the IB has given us the chance to understand how hard we have to work in life. It has given us the chance to learn life lessons at a younger age, such as that you should always stay on top of your workload.”
Asked about his experience of the IBDP at LCIS specifically, he speaks very fondly about the personalised and positive atmosphere his teachers created to motivate him to succeed: “I really appreciate the support I received at LCIS. And especially, I am so impressed with the enthusiasm with which our teachers ‘kept the subjects alive’. It is very easy to succumb to the densely packed syllabus and ever nearing deadlines. But somehow our teachers managed to get through all that whilst motivating us and fuelling our passion for the chosen subjects. “
He says he will remember LCIS fondly: “LCIS brought me up. LCIS changed me from the shy quiet 10-year-old boy who joined all those years ago, into the confident and happy man I am today. I will remember how the school helped when I was behind, pushed when I was ahead, and gave me responsibility and trust that allowed me to grow up. If you ask me to describe LCIS in a few words, I would simply say: It’s a big family!
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