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Senior School Prospectus.
2023-2025

Subject Groupings and Descriptions

Group 5: Mathematics


There are two Mathematics courses, each being offered at both higher and standard level. In each course, the SL course is a subset of the HL course. This means that HL students will complete the 150 hours of the SL course as part of the total 240 hours of the HL course.


Before selecting a course, students should research university requirements and consult their mathematics teacher.


Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches


This course is designed 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 explore real and abstract applications, sometimes with technology, and will enjoy the thrill of mathematical problem solving and generalisation.


The internally assessed component, the Exploration, constitutes 20% of the final grade. It gives students an opportunity to develop and apply mathematics to an area that is of particular interest. The Exploration also provides students with opportunities to increase their understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, and develop a wider appreciation of mathematics.


In the SL course, the remaining 80% of the final grade is made up of two 90-minute examination papers, each worth 40% of the overall grade. The first paper will be non-calculator; the second will require the use of a graphical display calculator.


In the HL course, the remaining 80% of the final grade is made up of three examination papers.  These include two 120-minute examination papers, each worth 30% of the overall grade. The first paper will be non-calculator; the second will require the use of a graphical display calculator.  The third paper, lasting one hour, will test problem solving and sustained reasoning.


Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations


This course is designed for students who are interested in developing mathematics for describing our world, modelling and solving practical problems using the power of technology. The course is best suited for students who enjoy mathematics most when used in a practical context.


The internally assessed component, the Exploration, constitutes 20% of the final grade. It gives students an opportunity to develop and apply mathematics to an area that is of particular interest. The Exploration also provides students with opportunities to increase their understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, and develop a wider appreciation of mathematics.


In the SL course, the remaining 80% of the final grade is made up of two 90-minute examination papers, each worth 40% of the overall grade. Both papers will require the use of a graphical display calculator.


In the HL course, the remaining 80% of the final grade is made up of three examination papers.  These include two 120-minute examination papers, each worth 30% of the overall grade. Both papers will require the use of a graphical display calculator.  The third paper, lasting one hour, will test problem solving and sustained reasoning.


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