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Qualification type:

A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

Mathematics 6


Subject description:

Mathematics is a uniquely exciting, powerful, rewarding and challenging subject. You will study many new areas ofMathematics as well as explore some familiar topics in a great deal more depth. You will develop your powers ofanalysis and your ability to deal with abstract concepts such as mathematical proof.


The content of the course is listed below, under four areas:


1. Mathematical processes consisting of mathematical argument and language, problem solving and mathematical modelling.


2. Pure Mathematics includes proof, algebra, graphs, sequences, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors.


3. Mechanics includes kinematics, motion under gravity, working with forces including friction, Newton’s laws and simple moments.


4. Statistics includes working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, probability calculations, using binomial and normal distributions as models and statistical hypothesis testing.

How the course is assessed:

There will be three examination papers at the end of the course to assess all the content:

1. Pure Mathematics and Mechanics, a 2hr paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and mechanics.

2. Pure Mathematics and Statistics, a 2hr paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and statistics.

3. Pure Mathematics and Comprehension, a 2hr paper assessing mathematical processes and pure mathematics.


Post-18 opportunities:

Recent research showed that graduates with A Level Maths earned, on average, 10% more than those without. Mathematics is essential if you wish to study Mathematics, Engineering or Physical Sciences at degree level. It is considered valuable as a supporting subject to many varied degree courses such as Geography, Law, Computing, Economics, Biology and Medicine. It is an impressive A Level to be able to put on any application form.


Teacher responsible:  Mr A Gemmell.