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Higher Education

Higher Education Counselling

Our purpose is to assist students in career exploration and to emphasise the link between academic engagement and the path to university. We ask students to take ownership of the search process with the goal of finding the university that best fits their academic and career interests, world region choices, and personal goals and aspirations. 

 

To achieve our purpose, we offer group and individual higher education counselling, including university search timelines for each region. In addition, we liaise with representatives from universities around the world, assist with the application process, keep the Guidance Centre updated with relevant resources, and are committed to professional development.

 

We are well-versed in all areas of Higher Education Counselling, including researching choices, critical evaluation of the claims of institutes of higher education, examination and entrance requirements and application procedures. In addition, we will provide career guidance, including researching careers, visits to workplaces, guest speakers, information sessions, evaluation of goals and aspirations through workshops and careers inventory tests.

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Marisa JACKSON

Higher Education Counsellor

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Susie BLOMFIELD

Higher Education Counsellor

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Michelle TSANG

Higher Education Assistant

What can parents do to support the university application process?

Entry to Institutions of Higher Education

As IB students have the opportunity to attend universities worldwide, it is important that they spend time researching entry requirements independently. In addition, students are encouraged to use Higher Education resources and to seek advice and information about entry requirements from their Higher Education Counsellor. 

 

In Year 12 and early in Year 13, one-to-one consultation sessions take place with the Higher Education Counsellor to ensure that the necessary research is in progress, and that applications are being made. Deadlines are set and applications are checked rigorously.

Academic Transcripts and Courses of Study

Transcripts, based on the 1-7 scale, will be available upon request to students leaving either during the IB Diploma Programme, or having completed the full two-year programme. Courses of Study indicating enrolment period will also be available.

 

In a number of countries (e.g. Canada, China, Singapore, USA), many tertiary institutions will require internal grades for Years 10 to 13, which will be provided by the Higher Education Counsellor. A profile of the school grading system will accompany each transcript. Transcripts of IB results will be sent by the IB to each university, in July, at the request of the student.

IB Diploma Single Subject Courses

Individual course results, particularly at Higher Level, will be recognised by many institutions for purposes of placement or credit. 

IB Career-related Programme

The IBCP will be recognised by many institutions for purposes of placement or credit.

Discovery College Graduation Certificate 

The Discovery College Graduation Certificate may be used in conjunction with the academic transcript for applying to colleges whose entrance requirements include documentary evidence of continuous internal assessment at the senior secondary level.

External Tests

Many institutions require entrance tests and/or English proficiency tests. Advice is provided for students wishing to sit external tests such as the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Testing (ACT) and English proficiency tests such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Preparatory resources are made available to students needing to sit these tests.