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Mathematics A Level at John Hampden Grammar School

Course description

AS

The AS level course is divided into two sections: Pure and Applied Mathematics.

In pure, the major areas are developing skills in algebra and trigonometry from the foundations built at GCSE; also starting a major study of calculus. It has been said that you can only call yourself a true mathematician when you have at least some knowledge of the joys of calculus. One reason for this is the many applications of calculus in applied maths.

Applied mathematics is about learning to model real life problems. This involves deciding which elements of a problem should be included in the analysis, translating the problem into mathematics, solving it and finally interpreting the solution.

All students will study statistics. Statistics involves learning how to analyse data and decide when significant results, such as the effectiveness of a new drug, have been established. Statistics has applications in biology, geography, economics and business studies

A2

The A level course is divided into two sections: Pure and Applied Mathematics.

In pure, the major areas are developing skills in algebra and trigonometry from the foundations built at GCSE; also starting a major study of calculus. It has been said that you can only call yourself a true mathematician when you have at least some knowledge of the joys of calculus. One reason for this is the many applications of calculus in applied maths.

Applied mathematics is about learning to model real life problems. This involves deciding which elements of a problem should be included in the analysis, translating the problem into mathematics, solving it and finally interpreting the solution.

All students will study mechanics and possibly statistics.

Mechanics involves looking at problems such as projectiles; such as rockets or footballs; and the stability of systems such as ladders. Links with aspects of physics are particularly strong.

Statistics involves learning how to analyse data and decide when significant results, such as the effectiveness of a new drug, have been established. Statistics has applications in biology, geography, economics and business studies.

Decision mathematics involves the study of algorithms and decision-making processes and has applications in business, for example. This is taught as part of the further mathematics content.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are as follows – all of these requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of 7 GCSE full course passes at a C grade or higher
  • A minimum GCSE total points score of 344 based on the best 8 full course separate subject GCSE passes
  • A minimum C grade in English Language 
  • A/A* in Maths GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Hampden Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2015
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Key information

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

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