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Mathematics A Level at Strode College

Course description

On this course you will build on your knowledge of GCSE Maths to develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and explore their application to a range of real-life problems.
The majority of the course is pure mathematics which covers the techniques used to solve a problem once it has been expressed in mathematical terms, including algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus.

Course content

You will also study applied maths, choosing from:
• Mechanics, which involves setting up mathematical models (sets of equations) to predict the behaviour of objects acted upon by forces.
• Statistics, which involves analysing experimental or survey data and making decisions based on that analysis.
• Decision mathematics, which is the application of mathematics to complex organisational problems, for example scheduling a number of different length operations into a week in an operating theatre.
Maths students have the opportunity to enter the UK Maths Senior Challenge, which encourages them to think laterally and logically in order to tackle types of questions that have not been met before. Teachers help students prepare by setting stimulating questions to stretch their abilities.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent including grade B or above in Maths. You will need good skills at algebra.


This course is assessed by written exams.

Financial information

A scientific calculator. A graphic calculator can be very useful.

Future opportunities

Maths will greatly increase your range of career options and students go on to study a wide range of degrees at university, usually with some mathematical content.
Former A Level Maths students have progressed to degree courses including Maths, Physics, Engineering, Psychology, Biology, Medicine and Veterinary Science. Recently places have been obtained at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol, Hertfordshire and the Royal Veterinary College, London.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Strode College directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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