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Mathematics A Level at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

GCE A Level Mathematics is a course worth studying, not only as a supporting subject for the physical and social sciences, but in its own right. It is challenging but interesting. It builds on work already met at GCSE, but also involves new ideas produced by some of the greatest minds of the last millennium.

Whilst studying Mathematics you will be expected to:

  • Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems.
  • Solve problems by using mathematical arguments and logic. You will also have to understand and demonstrate what is meant by proof in Mathematics.
  • Simplify real-life situations so that you can use Mathematics to show what is happening and what might happen in different circumstances.
  • Use the Mathematics that you learn to solve problems that are given to you in a real-life context.
  • Use calculator technology and other resources (such as formulae booklets and statistical tables) effectively and appropriately; understand calculator limitations and when it is inappropriate to use such technology.

Pure Mathematics C1, C2, C3 and C4:

Pure Mathematics extends knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry, as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. It also includes coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, exponentials and logarithms and vectors.

Statistics S1:

The first statistics module deals with how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. The range of probability problems studied at GCSE are extended using the new techniques learnt in the Pure Mathematics units.

Mechanics M1:

Mechanics deals with the action of forces on objects. It is therefore concerned with many everyday situations e.g. the motion of cars, the flight of a cricket ball through the air, the stresses in bridges, and the motion of the earth around the sun. Such problems have to be simplified or modelled to make them capable of solution, using relatively simple mathematics. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

Three examination papers lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes each in Year 12, comprising two compulsory units (Core 1 and Core 2) and an application unit (Statistics 1).

 

Three examination papers lasting 1 hour 30 minutes each in Year 13, comprising two compulsory units (Core 3 and Core 4) and an application unit (Mechanics 1).

Future opportunities

GCE A level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full-time courses in higher education. There are also many areas of employment that see Mathematics as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas. Higher education courses or careers that require A-level Mathematics or are strongly related include: Economics, Architecture, Medicine, Engineering, Accountancy, Teaching, Psychology, Physics, Computing and Information and Communication Technology.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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