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This course is well-suited to students who are looking for a future involving university study of mathematics or in a subject with a strong mathematical element.

Such students will enjoy developing mathematical arguments and solving problems of both a very real and abstract nature, both with or without technology.

The precise content is still to be finalised at the time of writing but it is expected that, for both standard and higher level, the content will fall within the 5 topic areas:

  • Topic 1 - Number and Algebra
  • Topic 2 - Functions
  • Topic 3 - Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Topic 4 - Statistics and Probability
  • Topic 5 - Calculus

As well as the examination element, there will be a mathematical exploration. This develops investigative, problem-solving and modelling skills, leading to a substantial piece of written work that involves investigating an area of mathematics.

Assessment

Assessment for Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches

Assessment Component

Weighting

Examination Paper 1 (90 minutes)

Section A: Short-response questions

Section B: Extended-response questions

40%

Examination Paper 2 (90 minutes)

Section A: Short-response questions

Section B: Extended-response questions

40%

Internal Assessment - Mathematical Exploration

20%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment for Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches

Assessment Component

Weighting

Examination Paper 1 (120 minutes)

Section A: Short-response questions

Section B: Extended-response questions

30%

Examination Paper 2 (120 minutes)

Section A: Short-response questions

Section B: Extended-response questions

30%

Examination Paper 3 (60 minutes)

Two Extended-response problem-solving questions

20%

Internal Assessment - Mathematical Exploration

20%

 

faqs
 

What has happened to Mathematics Studies, which previous students were able to take as a Standard Level course?

Maths Studies is now no longer available within the IB Diploma. Standard and Higher Level are the only courses available for September 2019. Both Standard and Higher are available in each of Applications and Interpretation and Analysis and Approaches.

 

How does Higher Level compare with Standard Level?

Many of the topic areas are similar, but the Higher Level work goes into greater depth of understanding regarding the theory and how the results are proved.

 

Is Higher Level too hard for me?

You need solid foundations in order to thrive on this course. If you are expecting to gain a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE, then Higher Level may well be appropriate. Students who would be strong applicants for A Level Further Mathematics would be suitable for the Higher Level course.

 

Is it possible to change from Higher to Standard or vice versa?

It can be, but be aware that if you drop a Higher Level course, you need to pick up a different subject at Higher Level.

 

Can I apply to study maths or engineering at university if I have done the Higher Level course?

Yes you can, and students have done so successfully in the past. Be aware that a small number of university options, such as pure maths at Cambridge, prefer the narrower specialism of Maths and Further Maths at A Level. Many, however, appreciate the breadth and approach of the IB.

Group 5: Mathematics