Recently, many parents have enthusiastically participated in the international high school open day, and carefully recorded the information displayed by the school, but after careful comparison at home, it is difficult. One of the most puzzling is that each school offers a different curriculum system, what are these courses after all? How to choose suitable courses for children? Many parents may have heard of the three major curriculum systems, AP, IB, A-Level, but in this article, the teacher will help parents introduce the mainstream curriculum system including AP, IB, A-Level, PGA, BC, VCE\/WACE, which is offered by Beijing International High School for more comprehensive reference.
The IB course is designed by IBO (InternationalBaccalaureateOrganization), an international diploma organization recognized by UNESCO, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The IB curriculum was originally designed to serve the children of diplomats and executives of multinational corporations, and in order to enable them to learn a uniform standard when studying in various countries, the IB curriculum is characterized by a focus on the teaching of basic knowledge and on the development of students'qualities and abilities, which is truly whole-person education.
Curriculum: IB curriculum is very systematic, covering primary to high school. IBDP courses are for students in grades 11 and 12 and are divided into six undergraduate groups, including the world's literature and mother tongue, second language, individual and sociology, science, mathematics and art, plus three core courses, namely, Theory of Knowledge, outreach papers Extended Essays and Creation, Action and Services Creativity, Activity and Service.
IB total score is 45, if you want to get IB complete certificate must complete 6, each subject full score is 7, plus the extension paper (EE) and knowledge paper (TOK)3 points get 45 points, usually speaking, want to apply for American Ivy League school, the total score needs to reach above 40 points. IB courses are divided into Standard Level and Higher Level, where Higher Level can be converted into American University credits.
IB is not as difficult as AP and A-Level in terms of individual subjects, but IB needs to learn at least six of them, and IB needs to spend a lot of time searching for information and writing, which makes IB very difficult, which makes it very difficult for many students to prepare for standardized tests such as TOEFL and SAT.
Suitable for students: suitable for students with strong basic English skills, especially in primary or junior high school is the IB course, in the future hope to develop in liberal arts and business majors.
The full name of the AP is Advanced Placement, which translates into a pre-university course. Both it and SAT were founded by the College Board. At the beginning of its establishment, the aim of the AP course was to provide more difficult courses for high school students with excellent grades, so that they could experience the difficult courses in the first year of college in high school. If there is an AP score, it cannot only offset the credit of the corresponding courses after admission to American universities, but also reflect the great competitiveness of students when applying, because in the heart of American university admissions officers, the difficulty of students studying in high school is a key factor in their admission. Here, I need to emphasize that AP and IB, A-Level and other curriculum systems are different, it is not a curriculum system itself, it is only a curriculum, usually in the United States it will rely on the individual school's own curriculum system, because the United States high school rarely unified standards, but most of the AP courses will be offered, so AP can be seamlessly linked to the various curriculum systems.
Course setup: AP has a total of 38 subjects. Most students choose 3-5 courses according to their actual situation, among which his subjects are basically the same as those of American universities, including calculus, physics, chemistry, economics, English writing, literature, environmental science, American politics and government.
Scoring system: The full score of AP is 5. Broadly speaking, a 3-point pass is required, but if you apply for an american college or exchange for an american university credit, you usually need at least four points, preferably five. Learning AP courses is also good for improving your GPA. Generally speaking, the high school GPA in the United States is a full score, but if the student takes the AP course, the GPA of the course he takes the AP can become 5 points, so that the total score can break through the score, reach, such a score, and thus reflect his learning strength in the GPA.
Course difficulty: Because AP science course is very difficult. Although AP liberal arts is not simple, students attending AP schools rarely take AP liberal arts courses, which are basically replaced by their own English classes. Because the number of AP courses can be determined by the students themselves, if more than 6 courses, the difficulty is greater than IB,4-5 courses, the difficulty is the same as IB, if within 3, the pressure is good.
Suitable for students: Suitable for junior high school students in public schools, solid science foundation, but relatively weak English, the future hope to develop in science and engineering students
The full name of A-Level is the British High School Course (GeneralCertificateofEducationAdvancedLevel) and the British University Entrance Examination course. A-Level is mainly linked to a British university, with a short undergraduate system, only three years and a graduate student only one year, so the tight rhythm requires students to determine their professional direction as early as possible, unlike the more liberal selection of courses in American universities, and then determine the professional direction in senior year. Under the influence of the British university teaching system, the orientation of the A-Level curriculum is different from that of the IB, which is not to cultivate \"generalists \", but to emphasize more the cultivation of professionals with a solid foundation in an industry, which requires students to position their majors earlier.
Curriculum: A-Level curriculum contains more than 70 courses, in China's A-Level schools usually offer mathematics, advanced mathematics, physics, computer science, accounting, business, economics and other courses. The average student chooses three to four courses to study according to the requirements of the university. According to the A-Level school teacher, it will accommodate the slightly biased children, allowing them to focus on their strengths and strengths.
Grading system: A-Level scores are divided into A, B, C, D, E, U six grades, A is the best, E is passing, and U is failing. A-Level's grade and division system correspond to unique, A grade corresponds to 80-100 points, B grade corresponds to 70-79 points, C grade corresponds to 60-69 points, D grade corresponds to 50-59 points, E grade corresponds to 40-49 points, and U grade corresponds to less than 40 points. We can see that above 40 points, even if the A-Level pass, but the students are not happy too early, this is not to say that A-Level is easy to pass, but the A-Level course is very low score.
Course difficulty: Because A-Level is divided into AS course and A2 course, general AS course corresponds to senior two course, A2 course corresponds to senior three course. From the difficulty point of view, A2 course and AP are the same, but the AS course of senior two is not as difficult as AP. In terms of mathematics, physics and chemistry, the overall difficulty of A-Level is higher than that of IB, but because IB has to be fixed to study 6 courses, and there are many papers after class, A-Level students only need to learn 3-4 courses, and there are not so many after-school papers, so the overall difficulty is still lower than that of IB.
The BC course in Canada is a curriculum system introduced by British Columbia, Canada. In Canada, each province has its own curriculum system, somewhat similar to those in China, such as Ontario, Canada, also has its own curriculum system. Because the British Columbia Education Bureau of Canada and international schools in China work very closely together, the Canadian courses offered in Canada are generally BC courses. The advantage of this course is that it is highly recognized by the University of Canada, where students can be admitted directly to the University of Toronto, McGill University and other top Canadian universities if they have excellent grades, plus the TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the college requirements.
Curriculum: Canada BC course contains more than 30 courses, some of which are compulsory courses, there are English language arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, sports and so on. There are also elective courses, students can choose according to the direction of later university, the scope of choice is mathematics, science (physics, chemistry, biology, geography), humanities, art, information technology and other courses.
评分体系：加拿大BC课程的评分体系很有意思，总共分成A、B、C 、C、C-和F六个等级，其中A对应86-100分，B对应73-85分，C 对应67-72分，C对应60-66分、C-对应50-59分，F对应49分及以下，在该体系中，C-是对应的50分是最低及格分。
Scoring system: Canada BC course scoring system is very interesting, totally divided into A, B, C, C-C- and F six grades, A for 86-100, B for 73-85, C for 67-72, C for 60-66, C-for 50-59, F for 49 and below, in this system, C- for 50 is the lowest pass.
Course Difficulty: The overall difficulty of BC course in Canada is lower than that of AP, IB and A-Level. therefore cannot be converted into american university credits. However, it is very difficult for the English class in the BC course, because it is mainly about the appreciation of English poetry, and the understanding of prose, stories and other long articles.
As in Canada, where courses are introduced in each province, the Australian curriculum is carried out by each state. In, for example, the full name of the VCE is VictoriaCertificateofEducation, which is a certificate education in Australia's Victoria Province, and the entire course of WACE is WesternAustraliaCertificateofEducation, which is a certificate education in Australia's Western Australia. Because the similarities between the two courses are very high, I'll discuss them together.
Course Difficulty: Because my university is studying at the University of Western Australia, one of the top eight universities in Australia, it happens to be able to reach many students who have graduated from VCE and WACE courses. In terms of the overall performance of the university and the difficulty of the textbook, VCE, WACE and BC courses in Canada are basically the same and cannot be converted to credits from American universities.
The full name of the PGA course is Project of Global Access, which is a new international curriculum system introduced in recent years. is an official partner in the ACT exam for one of the U.S. college entrance examinations. Because of this, students studying in the PGA course can enjoy the benefits of taking the ACT exam in the U.S. college entrance examination, while non-PGA course students need to go to places outside the mainland such as Hong Kong, Macao and other countries such as South Korea and Japan to take the exam. Through the good reputation of many years of graduates, the results of the PGA course are recognized by more than 100 overseas universities in the United States, and students can enter the undergraduate section of foreign universities smoothly.
Difficulty: PGA course itself is not very difficult, and Canada BC, Australia VCE\/WACE course is basically the same difficulty, but if students want to adjust the more difficult course, can take AP course through the school, because AP course itself is not a system, it can be embedded in the PGA course.
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