Why IB ? The IB Diploma is a reputable and well respected international qualification. It is becoming increasing popular, with many schools becoming IB World Schools every year. There are several reasons for this: An IB Diploma enables students to access the best universities all over the world. Part of this success is due to the depth and breadth of the Diploma as well as the Diploma Core which is an integral part of the IB Diploma. Each student prepares a 4000 word Extended Essay based on an original piece of research. In addition, there is a Theory of Knowledge course and CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service), a compulsory element of the course. The IB Diploma is an international qualification. This means students can fit into many career and education pathways during and after the course. This is particularly useful for parents who work in international organizations and move countries often. Different research and reports show that the Diploma, compared to other courses for the same age brackets, develops a more holistic individual because of its strong emphases on research, community service and sports. The IB comes out tops when compared to the A Level as research shows. A study by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in the UK examined the characteristics and trends of IB students (n=6,390), compared to A-level and other student groups with similar qualifications, at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Data offers evidence that IB students were more likely to: enroll in a top 20 HEI; receive honours degrees or awards, in most subject areas; continue on to further studies; and be employed in graduate level positions and higher paid occupations (HESA 2011).