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Maths: A&A Tuition

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Maths: A&A

'Individual students have different needs, aspirations, interests and abilities.For this reason there are two different DP subjects in mathematics,Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation. Each course is designed to meet the needs of a particular group of students. Both courses are offered at SL and HL.' (IBO Subject Brief)

May 2021 Examination Changes

The IBO has announced significant changes to the assessment methods for the May 2021 Examination period. Almost all subjects have seen the weighting of certain papers amended, the length of exams reduced, and many have seen entier assessment components removed.

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Our 'May 2021 Examinations Report' goes into detail into all the changes the IBO have announced for every IB subject, as well as how to to respond and work with educators to minimise disruption as much as possible.
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Read more about Maths: A&A

Analysis & Approaches is all about 'Pure' maths. This is a new IB syllabus, focused on core mathematical principles - algebra, functions, trigonometry and calculus, all the pillars that make Maths, well, Maths! This is the Maths strand more suited to students interested in pursuing a path in STEM, ie the sciences, engineering and much more.

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This subject's group:
Group 5: Mathematics
All DP mathematics courses serve to accommodate the range of needs, interests and abilities of students, and to fulfil the requirements of various university and career aspirations. The aims of these courses are to enable students to: develop mathematical knowledge concepts and principles; develop logical, critical and creative thinking; and employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalisation.
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Advice from our tutors

As this is a new course for 2021, is it vitally important you understand both the differences between A&A and A&I and of course the changes from the old syllabi. Whilst it is certainly possible to draw upon past papers prior to the new syllabi - be sure to handle with care.

Assessment

Maths A&A is one of two new branches of Maths in the IB, with first examinations in 2021, replacing the old Maths HL, Standard & Studies. Maths A&A is more naturally similar to the old Maths systems, and it is a relatively fair appraisal to suggest Maths A&A HL is simliar to the 'old' HL, whilst Maths A&A SL is quite similar to the old Maths Standard SL. There is some new, very interesting material, but with less of a focus on applied Maths (statistics, probability), so only pursue this option if you like understanding Maths from first principles, and not someone who would rather be using their calculator and spreadsheets to solve problems.

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Maths A&A is a natural pathway to STEM subjects - students keen to study Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and other subjects at university. The skills you develop through this course are naturally broad, though perhaps more theoretical than the equivalen A&I course.  Many universities do have a preference for A&A over A&I, particularly at HL for prestigious institutions.

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Brief & Examinations
Read the information provided for this subject by the IBO.
Subject Brief ↗Announced Exams (May 2021) ↗

Read more about Maths: A&A

Analysis & Approaches is all about 'Pure' maths. This is a new IB syllabus, focused on core mathematical principles - algebra, functions, trigonometry and calculus, all the pillars that make Maths, well, Maths! This is the Maths strand more suited to students interested in pursuing a path in STEM, ie the sciences, engineering and much more.

Need help chosing your IB subjects?
Chemistry or Biology? Maths HL or SL? Choosing DP subjects can feel like a ticking time bob. We've been helping IB families weigh their options for nearly a decade and can help you make sure you balance your future plans and aptitude with loving your IB subjects.
IB Subject Selection >
This subject's group:
Group 5: Mathematics
All DP mathematics courses serve to accommodate the range of needs, interests and abilities of students, and to fulfil the requirements of various university and career aspirations. The aims of these courses are to enable students to: develop mathematical knowledge concepts and principles; develop logical, critical and creative thinking; and employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalisation.
Find out more about Subject Groups >
Advice from our tutors

As this is a new course for 2021, is it vitally important you understand both the differences between A&A and A&I and of course the changes from the old syllabi. Whilst it is certainly possible to draw upon past papers prior to the new syllabi - be sure to handle with care.

View the IBO's brief for this subject
Read the information provided for this subject by the IBO.
Subject Brief >
What can you do with this subject?

Maths A&A is a natural pathway to STEM subjects - students keen to study Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and other subjects at university. The skills you develop through this course are naturally broad, though perhaps more theoretical than the equivalen A&I course.  Many universities do have a preference for A&A over A&I, particularly at HL for prestigious institutions.

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