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Mathematics IB Standard Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

Mathematics is a universal language and knowledge of the subject is fundamental to understanding the world in which we live. We are required to use Mathematics in many day to day activities and for many of us the skills that we learn through the subject can be transferred to our chosen professions. It is for these reasons that the study of Mathematics is compulsory within the Diploma Programme. Since everyone has different interests and abilities within the subject there will be three separate courses offered in Mathematics and each one will be focused to meet the needs of a particular type of student.

Course content

Mathematics Higher Level is designed to meet the needs of students who have a strong interest in the subject and who are expecting to take Mathematics as a major component of their future studies. It is expected that students have achieved at least a grade A at GCSE in order to take this course. It is crucial that they have a sound background in the subject and are competent in a range of mathematical skills and techniques. The level of Mathematics required for this course is similar to Further Maths at A-Level.

Mathematics Standard level is designed to meet the needs of students who intend to use their mathematical background in the future to aid the study of a related subject. It is expected that students taking this course have achieved a B or above at GCSE and thus should have a good level of understanding in the subject and be equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques, at a level which is broadly equivalent to Maths A-level.

 

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.
 
IB students take six subjects in total which consists of three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. 
For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths, Chemistry and Physics only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths and Science. 
 
Further information about entry requirements can be found in our  prospectus or on the website. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge.
 
If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas. For information can be found in our prospectus.
 
A paper copy of the prospectus can be obtained by phoning the Sixth Form Administrator on 01223 712600.

Assessment

Standard level

The final mark is made up of both exams and project. The exam papers are both taken at the end of the course.

  • Paper 1: Access to any calculator will not be allowed. The paper will last for 90 minutes and will account for 40% of the final mark. Half the paper will consist of short response questions whilst the remainder will be extended response questions. These will cover topics taken from the whole range of topics studied.
  • Paper 2: Access to a graphic display calculator will be required. This paper has the same structure as paper 1 and will also account for 40% of the final mark.
  • Portfolio: You will complete portfolio tasks for a range of topic areas. Some tasks will focus on Mathematical Investigation, Type 1, and the others will focus on Mathematical Modelling Type II. You will submit your best two portfolio pieces, ensuring there is one of each type, and this will account for 20% of the final mark.

Higher level

The final mark is made up of both exams and project. The exam papers are all taken at the end of the course.

  • Paper 1: Access to any calculator will not be allowed. The paper will last for 120 minutes and will account for 30% of the final mark. Half the paper will consist of short reponse questions whilst the remainder will be extended response questions. These will cover topics taken from the whole range of core topics studied.
  • Paper 2: Access to a graphical display calculator will be required. This paper has the same structure as paper 1 and will also account for 30% of the final mark.
  • Paper 3: Access to a graphical display calculator will cover the optional topic. It will consist of extended response questions which will link to the core topics in the initial stages where possible. This paper will account for 20% of the final mark.
  • Portfolio: You will complete portfolio tasks for a range of topic areas. Some tasks will focus on Mathematical Investigation, Type 1, and the others will focus on Mathematical Modelling, Type 2. You will submit your best two portfolio pieces, ensuring there is one of each type, and this will account for 20% of the final mark.

Future opportunities

Students choosing Mathematics SL will find that the course will aid them when studying a huge range of degree subjects, such as, Chemistry, Economics, Psychology or Business, whilst Mathematical Studies students will appreciate the ability to interrogate numbers in a wide range of areas, from History to Business Studies.

Students choosing Mathematics HL will find that the course acts as an excellent preparation for studying Mathematics at degree level as well as subjects such as Physics, Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. We recommend that students wanting to study Mathematics to a high level at university also take Physics Higher Level, to extend the range of Maths they are studying.

Mathematics can be found to some extent in almost all professions thus making it a lucrative and worthwhile subject to study. Mathematics can be especially helpful for professions such as engineering, architecture, computer programming and accountancy .

Further information

How will I study?

All three Mathematics courses will encourage you to acknowledge the universal nature of the subject. You will be encouraged to discuss historical developments within Mathematics around the world and will also look at different cultural uses of notation. Subject tutors will use exploration and investigation to allow you to develop your own reasoning and understanding of each topic. You will be encouraged to not only further your mathematical knowledge but to enhance your ability to think creatively. This will allow you to gain a comprehensive understanding of each topic whilst working in a problem solving atmosphere. Within seminars you will often work together in pairs or groups in order to share ideas and reach a common understanding. You will have access to a course book and must purchase a Casio fx9860Gii graphical calculator in order to aid you with independent study and work within seminars.

 

What extra-curricular activities will there be?

A Maths Society for those interested in developing their ideas further.

Visits to relevant lectures and talks to stretch you further.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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