IB Score Requirements For UK Universities

Last Updated on December 13, 2022 by

IB uni application basics

  • As an IB student, you apply to university courses through Ucas like anyone else – the only difference is the qualifications you list. 
  • You’ll usually be expected to have taken a higher level in a subject related to the course you’re applying for.
  • Universities will often ask for specific results in your higher level subjects as well as giving you a total points target.
  • While there isn’t a direct parallel between higher level standards / A-level, and standard level / AS-level, it’s safe to assume that if a university asks for a particular subject at A2 level in its entry requirements, they’re likely to require it at higher level as part of the IB.

IB, Ucas points and entry requirements

Under the current Ucas tariff, the IB Diploma itself doesn’t attract Ucas points; however the individual components which it’s made up of (ie higher level subjects, standard level subjects, extended essay, theory of knowledge) do. That said, universities almost always make offers in terms of IB points rather than Ucas points, so this shouldn’t pose such a problem.

As for what IB Diploma students should aim to achieve in order to apply to university, we’ve taken a look at what a few universities broadly recommend on their website (though you should always check the specific entry requirements for a course):

We make offers solely on the basis of the IB marking scheme and not the Ucas tariff.

We have a standard IB Diploma offer of 34 points across all programmes of study including any specific subjects at higher or standard level required by the particular degree programme.

As an alternative to achieving 34 points, for most programmes, the University will also make IB students the offer of passing the IB Diploma with specific achievement in higher/standard level subjects. Both offers will be communicated to Ucas.The standard minimum requirement is 34 points overall, with a combined score of 16 achieved in three higher level subjects with no grade lower than 5. However, many of our programmes have higher entry requirements than this. 

Typical offers usually require scores between 40 and 42 points out of 45, with 776 in Higher Level subjects. Applicants may be required to achieve 7 in a particular subject(s), depending on individual circumstances.
Read more about the Ucas tariff, including what it means for IB applicants.

Will my application be treated differently? 

Your application will go through the same process whatever your qualifications, and admissions tutors will be familiar enough with the IB to judge your application fairly.

Course offers given to IB students may sometimes appear more challenging than offers made to A-level candidates, but that’s usually down to how the IB and A-levels are graded – the points scale allows competitive universities to more keenly differentiate between very able IB candidates.

When are IB results released?

International Baccalureat Diploma results are released to students on 5 July.

If you get the results you hoped for, you’ll receive confirmation of your university place well in advance of A-level students.

‘Near miss’ applicants can face a tense wait until A-level results come out for a final decision to be made about their place – but if you need to go through Clearing, you’ve got the extra time to plan in advance and be first on the phone.

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