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So there seems to be a new change coming into effect next year in the IB math curriculum. Now it's going to be divided into 2 different subjects:
1. Analysis & Approaches
2. Applications & Interpretations

Since I'm planning to major in Economics (in the UK), I'm definitely taking my Math at HL, but which of the two should I select?
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The Analysis & Approaches syllabus is said to be most similar to the current HL Maths syllabus, so is probably more appropriate if you're aiming for "top" courses (e.g. Oxbridge/LSE/Warwick), and is likely a safe bet otherwise. The Applications & Interpretations syllabus looks to have a lot more mechanics in it, which isn't really relevant, and the relevant topics seem less strongly developed.

If in doubt, I would recommend you contact any universities you may wish to apply to and enquire whether one would be required or preferred over the other. I think even outside of formal requirements the first option would give you a stronger mathematical background for any numerate degree.
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The Analysis & Approaches syllabus is said to be most similar to the current HL Maths syllabus, so is probably more appropriate if you're aiming for "top" courses (e.g. Oxbridge/LSE/Warwick), and is likely a safe bet otherwise. The Applications & Interpretations syllabus looks to have a lot more mechanics in it, which isn't really relevant, and the relevant topics seem less strongly developed.

If in doubt, I would recommend you contact any universities you may wish to apply to and enquire whether one would be required or preferred over the other. I think even outside of formal requirements the first option would give you a stronger mathematical background for any numerate degree.
Thank for the advice! I tried checking their requirements online but they are yet to be updated, so maybe I should try directly contacting them as you said. Did you also take the IB?
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Thank for the advice! I tried checking their requirements online but they are yet to be updated, so maybe I should try directly contacting them as you said. Did you also take the IB?
Yes, many moons ago...I did maths studies though (lmao, that was a mistake...so boring).
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Yes, many moons ago...I did maths studies though (lmao, that was a mistake...so boring).
lol. I just have one more question to ask. Based on the requirements of my desired universities (Warwick, Durham, Nottingham, Bristol, etc.) it seems like I'm going to need 38 total points and at least a 6 in Math HL. With that being said, my HLs are definitely going to be Math and Economics, but what should be my third? I was originally planning to take History as my third HL but the intense difficulty and workload of the subject (according to a lot of users) worries me. It might risk myself of not reaching the 38 points and also will give me less time to focus on Math which is the subject they're looking for. Since History isn't really a requirement, I'm planning to do a third HL that will be easier and maximise my grade (since all I need is 38 points and 6 in Math HL). So other than History, I'm considering Psychology HL cause I guess it has some relation to Economics. What would you recommend me to do?
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lol. I just have one more question to ask. Based on the requirements of my desired universities (Warwick, Durham, Nottingham, Bristol, etc.) it seems like I'm going to need 38 total points and at least a 6 in Math HL. With that being said, my HLs are definitely going to be Math and Economics, but what should be my third? I was originally planning to take History as my third HL but the intense difficulty and workload of the subject (according to a lot of users) worries me. It might risk myself of not reaching the 38 points and also will give me less time to focus on Math which is the subject they're looking for. Since History isn't really a requirement, I'm planning to do a third HL that will be easier and maximise my grade (since all I need is 38 points and 6 in Math HL). So other than History, I'm considering Psychology HL cause I guess it has some relation to Economics. What would you recommend me to do?
I don't think psychology is that relevant honestly; plus the small areas of psychology that do intersect with economics are almost certainly not going to be covered in IB. Geography, politics, or philosophy would be more relevant, if that's important. If your school offers it, HL Further Maths might be worth considering, but it's so rare that it's probably a moot point. However realistically, it doesn't really matter - just pick whatever subject you find most interesting otherwise.
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I don't think psychology is that relevant honestly; plus the small areas of psychology that do intersect with economics are almost certainly not going to be covered in IB. Geography, politics, or philosophy would be more relevant, if that's important. If your school offers it, HL Further Maths might be worth considering, but it's so rare that it's probably a moot point. However realistically, it doesn't really matter - just pick whatever subject you find most interesting otherwise.
If only there were Geography or Global Politics, I would have surely chosen one of them to be my third HL! Unfortunately, my school doesn't offer any of them
For group 3, my school offers History, Economics, Psychology, and B&M. B&M is out of question cause from what I've read, it is deemed as a soft subject and taking it together with Economics would be highly disadvisable as the two subjects somewhat overlap each other according to most UK Unis. Also, I believe that Further Maths is no longer in the new math curriculum. Anyways, thanks for the advice!
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If only there were Geography or Global Politics, I would have surely chosen one of them to be my third HL! Unfortunately, my school doesn't offer any of them
For group 3, my school offers History, Economics, Psychology, and B&M. B&M is out of question cause from what I've read, it is deemed as a soft subject and taking it together with Economics would be highly disadvisable as the two subjects somewhat overlap each other according to most UK Unis. Also, I believe that Further Maths is no longer in the new math curriculum. Anyways, thanks for the advice!
Yea I think ruling out B&M is a good idea, as it's usually preferred not to be taken with Economics; if that leaves you with just History or Psychology, then pick whichever you think would be most interesting that you could do well in. I have to say, when I did HL Psych (albeit, on an older syllabus) it was a lot less interesting than I thought it would be...
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Yea I think ruling out B&M is a good idea, as it's usually preferred not to be taken with Economics; if that leaves you with just History or Psychology, then pick whichever you think would be most interesting that you could do well in. I have to say, when I did HL Psych (albeit, on an older syllabus) it was a lot less interesting than I thought it would be...
Is IB Psych very scientific?
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Is IB Psych very scientific?
It wasn't hugely "sciencey" when I did it, but they've changed the syllabus since then. We did do an experimental IA though (again this was nearly 10 years ago and the syllabus changed the year after I took it, and possibly again since then), and it may just be our options for the options paper weren't that sciencey compared to others.
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