Things to consider when choosing IB subjects
What kind of student are you?
Here are two examples of ways in which you can model your subject combination according to you interests and academic skill.
Focus on language and society
- Group 1: Danish A Literature HL
- Group 1: English A Literature HL or English A Lanugage & Literature HL
- Group 3: History SL
- Group 3: Economics HL or Psychology HL (a group 3 subject instead of a group 6 subject)
- Group 4: Biology SL
- Group 5: Math Studies SL
Focus on Science
- Group 1: Danish A Lit. SL
- Group 1: English A Language & Literature SL
- Group 3: History SL
- Group 4: Physics HL
- Group 5: Math HL
- Group 6: Chemistry HL (a group 4 subject instead of a group 6 subject)
“The IB has provided me with a tangible set of study tools and knowledge that prepared me well for university. Learning to write long-form pieces like the Extended Essay was great practice for university exams. I also learned how to efficiently study independently, which is necessary to succeed at university.” (Emil Sørensen – IB Hasseris Graduate 2013)
University Requirements in Denmark
To be admitted to Danish universities subjects at specific levels are often required. Here is a general outline, but do check the specific courses as well:
- Danish A Lit. HL/SL or Danish B HL are required for all studies with Danish as the language of instruction.
- Law and Danish at university require Danish Lit. HL/SL.
- Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy require Math HL, Physics SL, Chemistry SL.
- Studies in the Humanities require English A (Literature or Language & Literature) SL/HL, History SL, Social Studies C (which you get from PreIB) and one extra foreign language (IB language B courses on SL). From PreIB you will get a C-level equivalent in your continued language (German or French)
- Social Studies require English A (Literature or Language & Literature) SL/HL, History SL, Social Studies C, Math SL/HL
It is always advisable to check specific requirements in UddannelsesGuiden.
If you want to study in Denmark but not in Danish, a number of education institutions offer programmes in English. You can get an overview in “UddannelsesGuiden/Programmes in English” – www.ug.dk/programmes
Admission terms for applicants with an IB education for further education in Denmark will be changed significantly from 2018, giving IB applicants highly improved admission terms. For further information on the new terms, contact the IB coordinator, Karin Skals, or read here: https://ufm.dk/aktuelt/nyheder/2017/unge-med-international-gymnasieuddannelse-far-bedre-adgang-til-videregaende-uddannelser
Integrated in the new admission terms is a new conversion scale of IB grades converted to Danish grades, starting the conversion already at 18 IB points. View the new conversion scale here: Conversion Scale 2018
If you want to study abroad, check the requirements for the different universities on their homepages. For application procedures in the UK, you can read more at www.ucas.com, and for the US and other English speaking countries here is a link to an informative site from www.internationalstudent.com. The organisation Danish Students Abroad also offers help to students considering studies abroad. Read more about them here: http://dsabroad.dk/