A Level Mathematics

Entry Guidance

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

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Typical Syllabus Outline

In this course you will learn how to represent situations mathematically and develop an understanding of the relationship between ‘real world’ problems and standard mathematical models. Topics will be developed using a range of strategies. The first Core Mathematics module is a non calculator module but effective use of both graphical and scientific calculators also forms an important part of the course.

Students are required to take 3 modules for an AS Level and 6 modules for an A Level. The AS examinations are taken in year one and then students may continue the subject through into Year 13 and convert their AS Level into a "full" A Level by taking an additional 3 modules and the A2 examinations in year two.

For AS Mathematics students must take two Core Mathematics modules and one Applied Mathematics module. The Applied module can be Statistics, Mechanics or Discrete Mathematics. Familiar topics such as Algebra and Trigonometry will be revisited and extended.

For A Level Mathematics students must take a further two Core Mathematics modules and a second Applied Mathematics module. The Applied module can be Statistics, Mechanics or Discrete Mathematics depending upon which module was studied in Year 12.

Assessment

Assessed by examination only. There is no coursework element.

Advanced Subsidiary (AS)

All three units will be examined each making up a third of your AS mark.

Advanced (A2)

All three units will be examined each making up a third of your A2 mark.

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