Welcome to our IB Diploma Options page, devoted to guiding you through the different subject choices that the Diploma Programme offers to students. It is essential that both parents and students are well-informed, so we have prepared a range of resources that will assist you in making choices that best suit your passions and ambitions.
Here, you will find a Diploma Programme Booklet, videos where teachers guide you through each of the subjects, and IB Subject briefs. Make sure you understand the assessment and examination requirements, essential skills, workload, and content for each subject. Click HERE to view the booklet.
In order to make the right choice of IB DP subjects, students must balance three extremely important factors:
In order to support you along the way, we urge you to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the subjects you are considering studying, so you will be ready for the DP Options Evening which will be held on 22nd November 2021 (more details to follow).
Parents, students and teachers will be able to discuss the suitability of the subject during this time and ask questions to teachers and Heads of Department.
Finally, if you access the tab “My Options Choices” tab, you will find information and deadlines on how to register for your chosen options.
The Group 5 IB Mathematics programme takes account of the wide-ranging needs of students by offering two different courses, each at HL and SL. The Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches course has a greater emphasis on mathematical argument and on areas traditionally regarded as ‘pure’ mathematics such as calculus, while the Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation course focuses more on aspects of Mathematics which are transferrable to other fields, such as statistics and functions. Your ability to operate in the future world will be immeasurably enhanced by a strong skill set in Mathematics, for which any of the four courses provides a secure foundation.
Both HL courses have been designed for those students who will be expecting to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology. Others may take these courses because they have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy the challenge of working through difficult problems.
The SL courses cater to those students who wish to gain a sound mathematical understanding and competence in how mathematics relates to the real world and to other subjects. Depending on university and course selection, the SL pathways will help prepare students for future studies such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business studies.
The following factors must be considered carefully by students when choosing SL or HL:
Due to their challenges, it is highly recommended that students only consider choosing one of the HL courses as long as they achieve at least a grade 6 in MYP Extended Mathematics.
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