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Mathematics IB (Block C) at St Simon Stock Catholic School

Course description

This course is part of the IBCP Pathway and must not be chosen alongside A Levels.

This course caters for students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. The majority of these students will expect to need a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration.


Course content

There are currently two course outlines being considered for Maths IB with a final decision to be completed after the updates are published later in the academic year. Below are outlines for both courses though only one will run. We will ensure all students who apply are updated with which is being run when a decision is made.

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches is appropriate for students who enjoy developing their mathematics to become fluent in the construction of mathematical arguments and develop strong skills in mathematical thinking. They will also be fascinated by exploring real and abstract applications of these ideas, with and without the use of technology. Students who take Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches will be those who enjoy the thrill of mathematical problem solving and generalization.

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation is appropriate for students who are interested in developing their mathematics for describing our world and solving practical problems. They will also be interested in harnessing the power of technology alongside exploring mathematical models. Students who take Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation will be those who enjoy mathematics best when seen in a practical context.

Entry requirements

The general entry for the IBCP is five Grade 4's and above at GCSE level. IB subjects have the option of a higher or standard level though all students will initially be put forward for the higher. This will be decided after student enrolment on the course. It is highly recommended to have a grade 5 or higher in Maths to expect completing this course at Higher Level.


Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches will be assessed with two written papers. Each paper will consist of a section A (short questions) and a section B (long questions). Paper 1 will be without the use technology and paper 2 will allow the use of a graphical calculator.

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation will be assessed with two written papers both of which will require the use of the technology in the form of a graphical calculator. Paper 1 will consist of short questions and paper 2 will consist of longer questions.


Both courses at HL will be assessed in a similar way to their corresponding SL courses on papers 1 and 2, and in addition will have a paper 3.

SL: Standard Level

HL: Higher Level

Future opportunities

Maths AA:  This subject is aimed at students who will go on to study subjects with substantial mathematics content such as mathematics itself, engineering, physical sciences, or economics for example.

Maths AI:  This subject is aimed at students who will go on to study subjects such as social sciences, natural sciences, statistics, business, some economics, psychology, and design, for example.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or talk to your school/college careers staff.

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: 11 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years