Group Five IB Mathematical Studies SL Level 2 at Dartford Grammar School
All students studying for the IB Diploma must take a course in Mathematics. The three different courses offered reflect the differing needs of the student. There is one course at Higher Level (Mathematics HL) and two at standard level (Mathematics SL and Mathematical Studies SL).
Mathematical Studies SL contains number and algebra, functions, sets, logic, statistics and probability, geometry, trigonometry, financial mathematics and a basic introduction to differential calculus.
Mathematical Studies SL is assessed by two examination papers and one piece of internally assessed coursework. A calculator is allowed in both papers and they are worth 40% each. The coursework is a project based task set by the students that would usually involve collection, interpretation and evaluation of a set of data that is of interest to the individual student (20%).
Where will it lead?
By the end of the course you will be equipped with a variety of skills that you will be able to apply to many situations. Your mathematical problem solving skills will be hugely advantageous in any engineering field. Your ability to understand mathematical situations quickly and explain them will benefit any future employment in the financial sector. Above all you will finish the IB Diploma with the ability to show that you are extremely competent in dealing with numbers but also own the necessary skills to communicate them in written or verbal form. You are also able to communicate your mathematics in a foreign language. These are skills that every university and employer are looking for.
What skills you will gain?
The Mathematics HL course places a large emphasis on the ability to write a mathematically rigorous proof. This is a vital skill should you choose to study any mathematics based subject in further education. The Higher Level course focuses on different branches of mathematics not found in the A level course. You will be encouraged to use the characteristics that are common to all mathematical thinking, independent of the topic you are currently studying. You will gain the confidence to discuss mathematical findings and report your findings to a variety of audiences.
Why do this subject at Higher Level?
You should only consider Mathematics HL if you expect to achieve an A* at GCSE. You should consider carefully the combinations of subjects you are taking at Higher Level and combine this with the entry requirements for different universities. Some university courses state that Mathematics HL is a necessary condition for application so careful consideration should be given by those students aiming for the very best universities to study Economics or Physics based courses.
All students opting for the IB will need a Texas Ti84 graphical display calculator (or the Casio equivalent). These are compulsory for the examinations and can be purchased through the sixth form reception.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.