There are five sets in Poetry. The top set comprises those pupils studying Further Mathematics and take Core 1, 2 and 3, Statistics 1, Mechanics 1 and 2, Further Pure 1 and either Numerical Methods or Decision 1. All pupils sit Core 1 and 2 at the end of Poetry. Sets 2 and 3 also take Mechanics 1, sets 4 and 5 also take Statistics 1.
All pupils sit Core 3 and 4 at the end of Rhetoric. In addition they must take another applied option. The following combinations are allowed: Statistics 1 & 2, Mechanics 1 & 2, Statistics 1 & Mechanics 1, Statistics 1 and Decision 1, Mechanics 1 and Decision 1.
Pupils studying further Maths must take Further Pure 2 and sit 12 units in total over the two years. The following units are offered: Mechanics 3 and 4, Statistics 2, 3 and 4, Decision 2, Differential Equations, Numerical Computation and Further Pure 3. Sometimes pupils take 18 units in total and qualify for an A-level in Additional Further Maths.
In 2015 our results were as follows:
Maths – 27% A*, 76% A-B
Further Maths – 33% A*, 87% A-B
All IB candidates must study Mathematics, choosing from Mathematics or Mathematical Studies at Standard Level.
Mathematics is equivalent to A/S, although more pure and less applied mathematics is studied. Mathematical Studies involves revisiting a number of topics from GCSE, and developing these ideas, alongside some material from the Standard level course. Each course carries the same tariff, but some universities insist on Standard level Mathematics for certain courses.
Higher Level Mathematics is a long and challenging course. It comprises most of the topics covered in A2 Pure Mathematics, plus a number of topics from A/S and A2 Further Mathematics. However, there is significantly less applied maths involved.
There are two terminal examination papers which count for 30% each, a third paper which counts for 20% and a piece of coursework worth 20%.
Only pupils who have a particular interest in the subject, and who wish to study a maths-based course at university, should take the subject at Higher Level.
Please visit the International Baccalaureate website for more details.