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International Baccalaureate - Mathematics - Higher Level at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

This Higher level course is designed for students with a strong background in Mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills and have demonstrated high achievement. Some students will study higher level Mathematics because of its intrinsic interest and their enjoyment of meeting its challenges; others because they intend to follow future studies in Mathematics or subjects which use Mathematics, such as Engineering, Physics or Economics.

The majority of students studying this subject will be expecting to include Mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as engineering, physics and technology whilst others may take this subject because they have a strong interest in Mathematics and enjoy meeting the challenges and engaging in its problems.

Course content

Core Topics:
1) Algebra
2) Functions and equations
3) Circular functions and trigonometry
4) Vectors
5) Statistics and probability
6) Calculus

Option Topic:
Statistics and probability

Entry requirements

GCSE Mathematics at grade 9 or Further Maths GCSE A*.


In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades A*-B (5+) including English Language and Mathematics.


- 80% external assessment three written papers at the end of the two year course: Papers 1 and 2, each being 2 hours duration on the core topics and represent 60%; paper 3 of 1 hour duration on the option topic and represents 20% paper. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper. Papers 2 and 3 are calculator papers, where a graphical display calculator is required.

- 20% internal assessment: an exploration task (investigation) on a subject of your choice.


Future opportunities

A sound knowledge and understanding of mathematics is invaluable whatever you wish to do next. Further education and employment will both demand a practical and rounded mathematical ability and thats just what these courses will give you.

We all need maths, whatever we choose to do in life. But, if youre considering a maths based career, say in the sciences or financial markets, you will need more knowledge than most and these courses will make sure youre well prepared for further studied at university, or entry into the world of work.

Further information

The I.B.O.s mission statement:

'The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.'

IB learners are:

- Enquirers
- Knowledgeable
- Risk-takers
- Thinkers
- Good communicators
- Principled
- Open-minded
- Reflective

The ideal IB student will also have acquired a sense of caring and compassion, and will recognise the importance of a balance between his/her intellectual, physical and emotional needs.

If you require any further information please contact Miss Hemming at The Rochester Grammar School.

If you wish to study at The Rochester Grammar School, please apply directly to the school.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016
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