If your child wishes to enter an overseas university after completing their schooling in Japan, or transfer to another school in the middle of their studies, they must have an education recognized in the country. Here we will introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Cambridge A Level, 2 well-known internationally accepted university entrance qualifications (diplomas), and the differences between them. You can also find a list of each schools in Japan.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a leader in international education, establishing young people who are curious, knowledgeable, self-assured, and compassionate. Their programs enable school-aged students to take charge of their own learning and assist them in building future-ready skills so they can make a difference and prosper in a world that is changing quickly.
In order to develop human resources with the skills to cope with globalization, the following educational programs are offered, depending on the age of the students.
The DP core and 6 subject groups make up the curriculum. The 3 required parts that make up the DP core are meant to challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills while broadening their educational experience.
The 3 essential components are:
1) Theory of knowledge
2) The extended essay
3) Creativity, activity, service
The 6 subject groups are:
1) Studies in language and literature
3) Individuals and societies
6) The arts
With Cambridge International AS and A Levels, thousands of students gain admission to prestigious universities every year. Deep subject knowledge and the capacity for independent thought are developed by the curriculum content.
There is a large selection of more than 50 subjects, and schools are free to offer them in almost any arrangement. Students are free to specialize or study a variety of subjects; there are no required subjects.
Giving children the option to make their own decisions encourages them to strive in their studies. At AS Level, students typically take 4 subjects, and at A Level, 3 subjects. The standard admission requirement for UK universities is 3 A Levels.
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The correlation chart between International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge A Level, and Japanese deviation scores is shown below.
＊ The IB is the total of 6 subjects plus core subjects, and A-Level is the result of 3 subjects compared to the ratio of the number of students.
＊ Deviation values are calculated by Global Education Foundation from the normal distribution table based on the ratio of the number of people, and are for reference only.
Both International Baccalaureate and Cambridge websites list accredited schools in Japan. Cambridge's international education programs are also available online.
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