Individual students have different needs, aspirations, interests and abilities. For this reason there are two different subjects in mathematics, each available at SL and HL These courses are designed for different types of students: those who wish to study mathematics as a subject in its own right or to pursue their interests in areas related to mathematics, and those who wish to gain understanding and competence in how mathematics relates to the real world and to other subjects. Each course is designed to meet the needs of a particular group of students. Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation are both offered at SL and HL. Therefore, great care should be taken to select the course and level that is most appropriate for an individual student.

In making this selection, individual students should be advised to take into account the following factors:

  • their own abilities in mathematics and the type of mathematics in which they can be successful
  • their own interest in mathematics and those particular areas of the subject that may hold the most interest for them
  • their other choices of subjects within the framework of the DP or Career-related Programme (CP)
  • their academic plans, in particular the subjects they wish to study in the future
  • their choice of career.

Students who wish to study Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at the HL level should have obtained a Year 10 Course 3 Mathematics grade of A.

 

Students who wish to study Mathematics: analysis and approaches at the SL level should have obtained a Year 10 Course 3 Mathematics grade of B or higher.

 

Students who wish to study Mathematics: applications and interpretation at the SL level should have obtained a Year 10 Course 3 Mathematics grade of C or higher.