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A Level And The IB Diploma at Repton International School

What is the difference between the IB Diploma and A levels?


IB Diploma The IB Diploma is for students aged 16-18 and requires no specific preparatory classwork, so can be undertaken directly from IGCSEs. It offers a broad curriculum made up of six subject groups – students usually study three at a higher level and three at a standard level.

A Level

A Levels (short for Advanced levels) are UK national curriculum school-leaving qualifications that are taken by many students in the UK. Students usually choose three or four subjects, and take two years to study for these A Levels between the ages of 16 and 18.

Which one is right for me?

The IB Diploma is suited to pupils who wish to enjoy a breadth in their choice of subjects, who are willing to work hard in a student-centered learning environment, and are willing to address areas of challenge by setting growth goals. The A Level is a good option for pupils who prefer to maintain a very clear focus on a particular subject area, who want to play to existing strengths, and are self-disciplined enough to work in a less student-driven learning environment.

Ultimately, deciding between the IB Diploma and A Level must come down to what a student wants to achieve, both academically and in life. Both A Level and the IB Diploma benefit students who have decided on a specialist degree path. The IB Diploma can be advantageous in preparing for the changing world, ensuring students are highly prepared for university and the future of work. The DP core components can give a student a critical competitive edge in the university admissions process.

Like the DP, A Levels will prepare students to pursue studies in chosen fields and disciplines and is widely recognised around the world, beyond the United Kingdom.

Distance Learning at Repton International School


The Challenge

The closure of schools due to the pandemic provided an opportunity for our teachers to lead by example and ‘practise what we teach’ by preparing and dealing with the challenges that life presents us. The challenge was to provide an undisrupted quality Repton education through the creation of an on-line Distance Learning Programme


The Result

What online learning looks like at Repton International School?

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Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum, with all subjects being taught as when in school.

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The student’s day is organised following the current junior and senior academic timetable with similar start and end times and allowing for the same break periods. To maintain human contact and interactions in Distance Learning whole class sessions are carried out so that our pupils can connect with both their classmates and the teachers.

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We have adapted the subject contents and group sizes to deliver them effectively via the online platforms, with our programme blending a mix of online and offline content and experiences using the latest video and software programmes to enhance the quality of delivery and ensure a balance between screen time and independent learning.

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Our online provision ensures daily live interactions between the students and teachers across all year groups and also parent feedback opportunities through surveys and virtual conferences with teachers.

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Teacher feedback and assessment is provided to ensure students understand how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve. All students are tracked and work monitored daily. Students are rewarded weekly for participation and effort.


Daily student online Attendance
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The Senior School curriculum is divided into three Key Stages

The transition between Key Stages within the Senior School is also supportive and informative. Students make their choices for IGCSE courses during Year 9 with external examinations normally taking place at the end of Year 11. Unique in the region, and to many international schools, is the privileged opportunity to opt for either the IBDP or A Levels. Offering parallel curriculum pathways ensures that our students have the best opportunity to study in a way that suits them. Additionally, they benefit from remaining in the learning environment where they have flourished and have been nurtured over time.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - 9

Key Stage 4

Year 10 - 11

Key Stage 5

Year 12 - 13

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