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Group Five IB Mathematics SL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

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).


Mathematics SL is a subset of the higher level course covering all the same topics but not in as much depth. It does not contain the discrete option. Students opting for Mathematics SL cover far more mathematics and in much greater depth than those opting for Mathematical Studies SL- for the same number of Diploma points.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.


Mathematics SL is assessed by two examination papers and one piece of internally assessed coursework. Paper 1 is non-calculator and contains compulsory short and extended response questions (40%). Paper 2 is similar but a graphical calculator is allowed (40%). The coursework (20%) comprises one project based task in an area of Mathematics that is of interest to the student.

Future opportunities

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.

Further information

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

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years