07 March, 2024

Choosing the right pathway: A-Levels vs. IB Diploma for your university journey

Sixth Form Pathways - Sixth Form Pathways

A successful pathway to their university of choice is the goal for most Sixth Form students and will be one of the most intense and memorable phases of their lives, so they must be as prepared as possible. But which curriculum is best for you to choose - A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBPD)?



What are A-Levels and why would you choose them?

A UK based and internationally renowned programme which allows students to focus deeply on three subjects, developing specific subject knowledge to help set them up for future success. A-Levels are ideal for students who know exactly what they would like to study at university and are ready to specialise at KS5.


Benefits of A Levels include:

  • High acceptance rate at university
  • Development of specific subject knowledge
  • High discipline and preparation for university


What is the IBDP and why would you choose it?

IBDP is one of the most rigorous programmes for Sixth Form students, students will build a better world thorugh intercultural understanding and respect, alongside a healthy appetite for learning and excellence.


Not only are students challenged through 6 subjects that they must take but on top of that, 3 more elements that focus on the development of interpersonal skills and life experiences, known as Creativity and Activity and Service (CAS), Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and Extended Essay (EE).


Benefits of IBDP are:

  • High acceptance rate at university
  • Development of essential skills such as critical thinking, research, planning and organisation
  • Personal growth and development
  • High discipline and great preparation for university


A Tailored Journey to Success at Regents International School Pattaya

At Regents, our students have the advantage to choose the best pathway for them, of either A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBPD) and all A Level students also follow a 'Future Ready' course which develops their communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills before university.



Learn more about IBDP and A Levels at Regents.