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Mathematics A Level at Bishop Challoner Catholic College

Course description

What will I learn?

The study of Mathematics requires an ability to visualise a problem and then use mathematical principles to solve it. It has overarching themes of mathematical argument, language, proof and modelling.

Course content

During the first year of study you will engage in both pure and applied mathematics. The pure element begins by building the essential skills required for A-level study and includes topics such as: Indices and surds; Polynomials; Coordinate geometry and graphs. It then begins to address some key concepts and you will go on to study: Trigonometry; Integration; Differentiation; Logarithms. The applied element looks at some of the key ideas in both Statistics and Mechanics, and covers: Representation of data; Discrete random variables; Hypothesis Testing; Motion in a straight line; Force as a vector; Newton’s laws of motion.

In your second year, you will engage in more pure and applied mathematics and undertake three exams to obtain a full A-level in Mathematics. The pure element begins by focusing on methods of advanced maths, building on the knowledge obtained in year 12. It then progresses onto looking at applications of advanced maths. You will study: Algebra and functions; Trigonometry; Differentiation and Integration; Numerical methods; Differential equations; Vectors. The applied maths element builds on the Statistics and Mechanics studied in the first year, as well as including new topics: Modelling with probability; The normal distribution; Projectile motion; Moments.

Entry requirements

It is a hugely rewarding, but demanding subject that generally requires at least a grade 7 at GCSE.


How will I be assessed?

There are two examinations in year 12 as part of the AS qualification. If you continue into year 13 then you will sit three examinations which count exclusively towards the A Level. In both years, the pure content makes up two-thirds of the assessment, whilst the applied content makes up a third. There is no coursework requirement for this qualification.

Future opportunities

Where might these courses take me?

The AS/A level in Mathematics and Core Mathematics are excellent qualifications. They combine particularly well with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, but also complement the study of Geography, Economics, Psychology and Business Studies as these subjects have a degree of mathematical content. The subject’s emphasis on problem solving, and refining and improving mathematical models, makes it very ‘transferable’ and suitable for many career pathways. Mathematics plays a vital role in professions such as accountancy/finance, computer modelling and simulation, engineering, insurance, medicine, statistical modelling, sports coaching and teaching.

Most jobs and careers require some element of functional maths; having a post-16 qualification in mathematics can give you the edge over other candidates.

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: 17 November 2016
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Key information

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