# Mathematics (IB Higher & Standard Level) at Bexley Grammar School

## Course description

The Mathematics department will be offering two courses: Mathematics Standard Level and Mathematics Higher Level.

**Mathematics ~ Higher Level**

This course caters for students with a very good background in Mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. The majority of these students 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 Physics, Engineering and Technology. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest in Mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems.

The nature of this subject is such that it focuses on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way. This is achieved by means of a carefully balanced approach. Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to solving problems set in a variety of meaningful contexts while development of each topic should feature justification and proof of results. Students embarking on this course should expect to develop insight into mathematical form and structure, and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between concepts in different topic areas.

This course clearly is a demanding one, requiring students to study a broad range of mathematical topics through a number of different approaches and to varying degrees of depth.
**This course is therefore only accessible to students who have achieved Grade 8 or 9 at GCSE Mathematics.
**Students wishing to study Mathematics in a less rigorous environment should therefore opt for one of the Standard Level courses, Mathematics Standard Level or Mathematical Studies Standard Level.

## Course content

**Higher Level**

The Mathematics Higher Level course consists of the study of the following topics:

• Number and algebra

• Functions and equations

• Circular functions and trigonometry

• Vector geometry

• Probability and statistics

• Calculus

• Mathematical Exploration

• Further Probability & Statistics (option)

## Entry requirements

**This course is therefore only accessible to students who have achieved Grade 8 or 9 at GCSE Mathematics.
**Students wishing to study Mathematics in a less rigorous environment should therefore opt for one of the Standard Level courses, Mathematics Standard Level or Mathematical Studies Standard Level.

## Further information

All students studying Mathematics Higher Level will be required to have access to a graphical calculator.

## How to apply

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