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Mathematics at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body:AQA

Option Block: A and D

Maths is a popular choice at Tring School, with 3 or 4 classes in each year.

Every student studies 2 modules of Core Mathematics and 1 module of Mechanics or Statistics each year

Core Mathematics: This compulsory component includes the subject core for Mathematics at A level and as such makes up the majority of an A level in Mathematics. It continues the study of algebra, number work and trigonometry and makes up two-thirds of the work each year.

Mechanics: In this course Mathematics is used to describe and explain real-world situations. It includes the action of forces on physical structures and moving bodies. Chosen by future Physicists, Engineers, Architects and others, it complements some of the topics covered in A level Physics.

Statistics: This is concerned with data handling and is applicable to a wider range of subjects. The presentation, collection and interpretation of data are studied, together with further applications of the ideas of probability to predict and explain results.


Course content

AS Level Mathematics: Units Core 1, Core 2 and either Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1 Students may then choose to study three further A2 units towards an A level qualification in Mathematics.

A2 Level Mathematics: Units Core 3, Core 4 and either Statistics 2 or Mechanics 2 (building on what was studied in Year 12)

Entry requirements

A minimum of 310 UMS at GCSE Maths (EdExcel) For external students who are sitting the AQA paper a minimum of 230 UMS

For Year 13 students should achieve a minimum of a grade D at AS


There is no coursework - all assessment is by examination. There are 3 x 90 minute exams each year  in June.

Financial information

All students following AS Mathematics courses will be required to have a graphical calculator (cost approximately 45.50 - can be ordered through school).

Future opportunities

A level Mathematics is of benefit to those intending to embark on a scientific or engineering career and provides support to those students wishing to study business, accounting, architecture or humanities. Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science and technology. Maths qualifications can help you towards a future career in these areas. It is also a useful support for many University courses, which increasingly can involve statistics modules.

Further information

The results for both AS and A2 Maths at Tring School have exceeded targets for many years. Last summer, 70% of our students achieved A*-B grades at A2 Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tring School directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2012
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year