International Baccalaureate (IB) Studies

This information is provided to assist students who are completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or Bilingual Diploma and intend to apply through QTAC for a tertiary place.

Students completing the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) should contact QTAC for specific advice.

How do IB students apply for tertiary entry?


If you are completing the IB at an Australian school, please use your IB number to apply via QTAC’s Twelve to Tertiary (TTT) online application service.  Your IB number will be three letters followed by three numbers, eg abc123.  

If you are completing the IB at a school outside Australia, you apply via QTAC’s Apply by Web (ABW) online application service.

Do I need to provide QTAC with my IB results?

If you have completed your IB qualification in Australia QTAC is able to obtain your IB results directly from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) if your school has nominated QTAC as a recipient of your results via the Results Release Service on the International Baccalaureate Information System (IBIS). You should check with the coordinator at your school to ensure your school has made the results Release Service authorisation on your behalf.

In the absence of online Results Release Service authorisation, you will need to provide QTAC with a copy of your official IB results transcript as soon as this becomes available. Results downloaded from the IBO website are not acceptable.

You are strongly encouraged to arrange for QTAC to obtain your results directly from the IBO to ensure these are received in time for the major offer rounds.

If you completed your IB qualification outside Australia you must submit copies of your results to QTAC.

How is my selection rank calculated?

Across Australia, a common national measure of Year 12 student achievement called the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is used in the tertiary selection process. ATARs are expressed in a scale extending from 99.95 (highest) down to 30.00.

The score out of 45 from the completed IB Diploma is also expressed in this common national measure.  Termed the ‘Combined Rank’, the following table shows the common national measures assigned to each of the IB scores attainable in a completed 2013 IB Diploma:

 

IB Score in Completed Diploma (2013)

2013 Combined Rank

QTAC Rank based on 2013 conversions

45

99.95

99

44

99.80

99

43

99.60

99

42

99.25

99

41

98.70

98

40

98.05

97

39

97.30

97

38

96.30

96

37

95.50

95

36

94.30

94

35

92.85

92

34

91.35

91

33

89.75

89

32

88.00

88

31

85.80

85

30

83.25

83

29

80.75

81

28

78.75

79

27

76.80

77

26

74.60

75

25

72.20

73

24

69.35

71

 

For tertiary entrance purposes in Queensland, these common national measures of achievement (ATAR and Combined Rank for IB students) are converted to a QTAC rank on a 99 (highest) to 1 scale.

To assist prospective applicants, the QTAC rank for 2013 Combined Ranks based on the December 2013 conversions is shown in the right hand column of the table above.

Tables for previous years can be accessed from the links below:

IB Diplomas completed in 2006 and earlier

IB Diplomas completed in 2007

IB Diplomas completed in 2008

IB Diplomas completed in 2009

IB Diplomas completed in 2010

IB Diplomas completed in 2011

IB Diplomas completed in 2012

To view a document explaining the procedures used by tertiary admission centres to determine tertiary entrance rankings for IB students, click here. This document was prepared by the Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centres (ACTAC) of which QTAC is a member.

Do IB subjects satisfy prerequisites?

Subject prerequisites are specified in terms of Queensland Studies Authority subjects studied as part of Queensland Senior which have been undertaken over a duration of study (ie 4 semesters of study) to a satisfactory level of achievement (ie 'Sound Achievement').  For example, most Bachelor of Education courses will have English (4,SA) specified as the subject prerequisite.

A list of IB subjects deemed comparable to Queensland Studies Authority subjects is shown in the table below:

IB Subjects comparable to QSA subjects

 

IB Subject Title

IB Subject Level

Comparable to Queensland Authority Subject

Ancient History

SL

Ancient History

Biology

HL or SL

Biology

Chemistry

 

HL or SL

 

Chemistry

 

Chinese A1, Chinese A2, Chinese B, Chinese Studies

 

HL or SL

 

Chinese

 

Dance

 

HL or SL

 

Dance

 

Drama

 

SL

 

Drama

 

Economics

 

HL or SL

 

Economics

 

English A1, English A2, English B,

English AB, English Literature, English Language and Literature

HL or SL

 

English

 

French A1, French A2, French AB, French B

 

HL or SL

 

 

French

 

 

Further Mathematics

SL

Maths B or C

Geography

 

HL or SL

 

 

Geography

 

German A1, German A2, German AB, German B

HL or SL

 

German

 

History (Africa, America, East and South East Asia and Oceania, Europe, West Asia and the Middle East)

 

HL or SL

 

Modern History

 

Indonesian A1, Indonesian AB, Indonesian B

 

HL or SL

 

Indonesian

 

Italian A1, Italian A2, Italian AB, Italian B

 

HL or SL

 

Italian

 

Japanese A1, Japanese A2, Japanese AB, Japanese B

 

HL or SL

 

Japanese

 

Mandarin B, Mandarin AB

 

HL or SL

 

Chinese

 

Mathematical Studies

 

SL

 

Maths A

 

Mathematics

HL

 

Maths B or Maths C

 

Mathematics

SL

 

Maths B

 

Music, Music Composition, Music Group Performance, Music Solo Performance

HL or SL

 

Music

 

Physics

Physical Science

HL or SL

 

Physics

 

Russian A1, Russian A2, Russian AB, Russian B

 

HL or SL

 

Russian

 

Social and Cultural Anthropology, Social Studies

HL or SL

 

Study of Society

 

Spanish A1, Spanish A2, Spanish AB, Spanish B

HL or SL

 

Spanish

 

Theatre, Theatre Arts

HL or SL

Drama

Vietnamese A1, Vietnamese B

HL or SL

 

Vietnamese

 

Visual Arts, Visual Arts A, Visual Arts B

HL or SL

 

Art

 

 

In terms of duration of study and level of achievement, the following are required from IB subjects:

  • Standard Level or Higher Level are both deemed to satisfy the 4 semesters requirement.
  • To satisfy the Sound Achievement requirement a subject result of 3 or better in a HL subject or a subject result of 4 or better in an SL subject are required.

What if I do not satisfy the requirements to be awarded the IB Diploma and am awarded an IB Certificate? 

QTAC will calculate a rank by analogy using the approved year specific guidelines for OP ineligible students. 

IB subject grades are converted to Queensland Authority subject equivalents in the rank by analogy process on the OP-ineligible schedules as follows:

For HL Subjects: IB Grades 7 and 6 = VHA; IB Grades 5 and 4 = HA; IB Grade 3 = SA; IB Grade 2 = LA; and IB Grade 1 = VLA.

For SL subjects: IB Grade 7 = VHA; IB Grades 6 and 5 = HA; IB Grade 4 = SA; IB Grades 3 and 2 = LA; and IB Grade 1 = VLA.

What if I am completing one or two IB subjects in conjunction with a regular Australian Year 12 program of study ie Queensland Senior, NSW HSC etc?

The IB subjects you complete can be used to satisfy subject prerequisites if you attain grades of 3 or better in the HL subjects or 4 or better in the SL subjects.

What if I am completing both an IB Diploma and another secondary qualification ie Queensland Senior, USA High School Diploma, etc?

Please ensure that details of both qualifications are included in your QTAC application.  QTAC will calculate a rank from both qualifications, and the highest rank attained is expected to be used in the tertiary selection process.  Subject prerequisites can be satisfied using either of the secondary qualifications.

This information was correct as at 17 December 2013.

 

 


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