Mathematics SL is a course for students with a good background in mathematics and strong analytical and technical skills. Some students will be expecting to include mathematics in their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology. The course is also for students who have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges. Students will have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice, develop their organisational skills, study alongside students from around the world and gain experience of using the latest online learning tools. The core topics of this course are algebra, functions and equations, trigonometry, calculus, vectors, probability and statistics.

Students are expected to devote 150 hours to the Mathematics SL course and 240 hours to the Mathematics HL course.