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Mathematics International Baccalaureate at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

The course focuses on introducing important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques. The intention is to introduce students to these concepts in a comprehensible and coherent way, as well as insisting on mathematical rigour. Students should wherever possible apply the mathematical knowledge they have acquired to solve realistic problems set in an appropriate context.

Course content

We are offering Mathematics Standard Level and Maths Studies.

Maths studies – this option is taken by the majority of students and requires a minimum of a grade B at GCSE. It is suitable for those who need to build confidence and maintain a basic working level of mathematical skills.

Standard Level – this is a challenging option and is suitable for those leaning towards science based courses or those requiring a high proficiency in mathematics such as economics. A minimum of an A grade at GCSE is an essential requirement, reflecting a sound mathematical background.

Course Content

The course will include reference to the historical context and/or international background of various mathematical topics when appropriate. Both mathematics courses contain a wide range of topics, including:

  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors.

Entry requirements

It is obligatory for all students to study this course. All students must have GCSE mathematics at grade 5 or higher.

 

Assessment

Paper 1 (1 hr 30 min, 40 per cent)

Maths Studies
This paper consists of only short-response questions. A graphic calculator is required.

Standard Level
This paper consists of section A, short-response questions, and section B, extended-response questions. Each section will be worth 20 per cent of the total mark. Students are not permitted access to any calculator on this paper.

Paper 2 (1 hr 30 min, 40 per cent)
Maths Studies
This paper consists of only extended-response calculations. A graphic calculator is required.

Standard Level

This paper consists of section A, short-response questions, and section B, extended-response questions. Each section will be worth 20% of the total mark. A GDC is required for this paper, but not every question will necessarily require its use.
Internal assessment (20 per cent)

The purpose of the internal assessment is to provide students with opportunities to be rewarded for mathematics carried out under ordinary conditions, that is, without the time limitations and pressure associated with written examinations. Consequently, the emphasis should be on good mathematical writing and thoughtful reflection. The level of sophistication of the students’ mathematical work should be similar to that contained in the syllabus.
 

Future opportunities

Mathematics, and particularly statistics, is an integral part of many university and other Higher Education courses. Suitable courses include: accounting, finance, business and management, mathematics, statistics, economics, econometrics, physics, engineering, chemistry, psychology, computer science, philosophy. Mathematics can also be combined with many other subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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