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Mathematics (A level - No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

 An A level in Mathematics opens up career choices in actuary, accountancy, finance, industry, consultancy, operational or economic modelling, planning, analysis and post graduate research. A study comparing income levels and educational background concluded that having a Maths A-level can increase long-term earning power by 7-10% (Source: London School of Economics).

In Y12, the pure content starts with the algebraic expressions and equations first met in GCSE, and goes on to cover graphs and their transformations. Sequences are taught using algebraic derivations and finally three new topics, logarithms, differentiation and integration, are introduced. The applied paper content covers an introduction to mechanics (motion in a straight line and due to gravity) and the extension of some of the statistical techniques that were taught in GCSE.

In Y13, the applied content extends to resolving forces in Mechanics and in Statistics: discrete random variables and the normal distribution. The pure content extends and enriches the skills of differentiation and integration, and builds on the trigonometry learned at GCSE.

You will have 5 taught hours of Maths; one of which will cover the applied topics. In addition to using a textbook, we will use mymaths, examsolutions and physics and maths tutor websites.

You are expected to complete 6 hours of private study per week. This is a combination of homework, and independent work using the above resources

 You will enjoy this cousre if you love algebra (solving equations and sketching graphs) and statistics (averages and charts). You enjoy problem solving and are hard working. You can prepare yourself for the A level in Maths by completing the Induction Booklet over the   summer holiday.




Course content

 The A level Maths course follows several strands; two thirds of the content is Algebra/Calculus based, and one third is a mixture of the applied subjects Mechanics and Statistics.

The A level exam (AL) consists of three 2-hour papers; the first covers the AS Pure content exactly, but the questions will be asked in such a way as to examine higher order mathematical skills. The second paper will be Pure Maths as well, building on and incorporating the AS Pure content. The third paper will test the Applied Maths content: both Statistics and Mechanics.




Entry requirements

GCSE English at level 5 and Mathematics at level 7 and three different subjects at a minimum of grade C. 


Paper 1 :- Pure Mathematics 1

External written examination 33.3% of A level

Paper 2:- Pure Mathematics 2

External written examination 33.3% of A level

Paper 3:- Statistics and Mechanics

External written examination 33.3% of A level


Future opportunities

 An A level in Maths opens up choices in a wide range of careers -   actuarial science, accountancy, finance, engineering, industry, civil service, management, consultancy, operational or economic modelling, planning, analysis, teaching and postgraduate research.  You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses which could lead onto higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses. For a degree in Mathematics, most universities demand at least an AS in Further Mathematics. You could also go straight into a job as the A level GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

A study comparing incomes and educational backgrounds concluded that having a Maths A level can increase long-term earning power by 7-10%(Source; London School of Economics) 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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