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MATHEMATICS A Level 3 at Dover Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Mathematics is an amazing subject to have at A Level and provided you have a solid understanding of the GCSE concepts before you start, as well as perseverance and effort, you should be able to do well.  To study Mathematics at A Level it is essential that you enjoyed Mathematics at GCSE and that you are genuinely interested in furthering your knowledge of the subject.  Students must be prepared to demonstrate high levels of commitment to their studies, both in class and independently to be successful and make satisfactory progress at A Level.  This course is a traditional style A Level and is favoured by all of the top universities.  It is an exam-based subject; so many hours are spent, both in class and at home, solving problems using the techniques you learn, which are mostly algebraic.

Why study Mathematics at A Level?

Mathematics is universally highly regarded.  The skills developed throught the study of Mathematics at A Level are not only extremely valuable but they are transferable into a great many subject areas.  For any degree with a numerical component A Level Mathematics is highly valued due to the development of analytic thinking and logic skills of the A Level Mathematician.

Course content

Students who choose to study Mathematics at A Level complete four modules of Core Mathematics and two Applied Modules.  Initially students build on the Mathematical skills covered with the Higher GCSE Syllabus, focusing on their skills in algebraic manipulation, quadratics, simultaneous equations, co-ordinate geometry and trigonometry.  These concepts underpin the whole course and are relied upon as new areas of Mathematics are introduced through the study of calculus, polynomials, functions and further Trigonometry.  Students will study an applied module of Statistics and Mechanics.  The applied modules utilise the skills and understanding developed in the Core Mathematics element of the course, requiring the student to interpret and analyse real life applications of Mathematics.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Sixth Form: At least a grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics. You will require a 6 or B grade in most subjects you wish to study at A Level. To study Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages or a Science subject you will require a 7. A 6 may be considered for Science on the condition that a Mathematics\ Science related course forms part of your Personal Enrichment Pathway (PEP). For Further Mathematics you will need an 8 or 9. The minimum requirement is four 6 or B grades and two others at a 5 or C grade. (Short Courses count as half a GCSE) . You will need a positive attitude in your chosen subjects and a respect for school aims, objectives and ethos. Commitment to the expectations of the Sixth Form and your school community.

Assessment

It is an exam based subject; so many hours are spent, both in class and at home, solving problems using techniques you learn, which are mostly algebraic.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics, Computer Science or more general higher education courses.With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser, ICT Specialist or Teacher.

Mathematics is universally highly regarded.  The skills developed through the study of Mathematics at A Level are not only extremely valuable but they are transferable into a great many subject areas.  For any degree with a numerical component, A Level Mathematics is highly valued due to the development of analytic thinking an logic skills of the A Level Mathematician.

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: 22 November 2017
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  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years

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