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Mathematics A Level at The Downs School

Course description

Mathematics A Level is challenging and exciting. If you love numbers, problems and logic then this is for you. It is rather different from many other subjects. Mathematics is not about learning facts or writing essays. Students will not gain success by just reading a textbook or by producing and revising from detailed notes….they need to „do‟ mathematics. An essential part of mathematical study is the challenge of analysing and solving a problem and the satisfaction and confidence gained from achieving a „correct‟ answer.

If they choose mathematics students will need to be able to communicate well in written work in order to explain their solutions. Also, in order to be successful on a mathematics course, students should have a sound mathematical background and a confident attitude. This should be reflected in a high GCSE grade of at least a high B or above. There is a lot of algebra in the course; this must be one of your strengths at GCSE level. You will also be expected to work on your skills over the summer holidays and complete a holiday homework to ensure you do not forget knowledge and skills

Course content

Mathematics is a modular course, 3 modules for AS Level and 3 more for A Level. There is no coursework. Each module is assessed by a 1½ hour examination. AS Level : Core 1, Core 2 and one applied module (either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1) A Level: Core 3, Core 4 and one applied module to be confirmed after the AS results.

Core: extends students‟ knowledge of algebra and trigonometry as well as introduces new skills in areas such as calculus

Statistics: continues to develop students‟ ability and skills in summarising and analysing data in order to arrive conclusions about it.

Mechanics: develops student ability to apply maths to problems in the real world, including the study of the motion of a particle or forces acting on an object.

Decision Mathematics (Y13): introduces students to a range of methods, or algorithms, to solve problems involving networks, systems, planning and resource allocation.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS ARE AWARE THAT THE FINAL DECISION REGARDING THE CHOICE OF APPLIED MODULE IN BOTH YR. 12 & YR. 13 RESTS WITH THE SCHOOL AND THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES REGARDING WHICH APPLIED MODULES WILL BE TAUGHT IN ANY GIVEN YEAR.

Entry requirements

Mathematics-Students should have at least a high GRADE B at GCSE, and should be in one of the top 3 groups in year 11. This is because students need to have covered A*/A grade material in order to access A-Level. It is essential for students to be proficient in algebra otherwise they will struggle to study at advanced level.

Assessment

Exam for each unit.

Future opportunities

Studying mathematics at either level can support other sixth form courses such as Geography, Sociology, Business Studies, Psychology and especially the Sciences. An A Level in Mathematics will be much sought-after for entry into higher education, particularly for courses such as Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Economics, Architecture, Accountancy and Computer Science.

A Level Mathematics will be essential in order to be accepted onto a Mathematics degree course, and some university mathematic degree courses prefer a Further Mathematics qualification as well.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Downs School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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

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