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Mathematics A-Level *Fees payable* at Brentwood School

Course description

Mathematics is an extremely popular and successful subject at Brentwood, with 82% of students receiving grades A* to B in this summer’s A Levels. All units are equally weighted and are assessed entirely by modular exam. Students can either decide to aim for a single A Level (options 1 or 2) or for Further Mathematics which will lead to two A Levels by the end of the Sixth Form (option 3).

Course content

Single Maths

Students studying for a single Mathematics A Level must study the 4 pure modules (C1 to 4) and can opt to either study statistics modules S1 and S2 (option 1), or mechanics modules M1 and M2 (option 2). They will study 3 units in the Lower Sixth and 3 in the Upper Sixth.

Option 1

In Lower Sixth, the student will study pure modules C1 and C2, as well as S1. A student who has taken this option and progressed to the A2 course in the Upper Sixth will then study C3, C4 and S2.

Option 2

In Lower Sixth, the student will study pure modules C1 and C2, as well as M1. A student who has taken this option and progressed to the A2 course in the Upper Sixth will then study C3, C4 and M2.

Further Mathematics (option 3)

The Further Mathematics course leads to the award of two A Levels and is allocated more teaching time than the single course. Students will study 6 modules in the Lower Sixth and 6 modules in the Upper Sixth.

Further Mathematicians study pure modules C1, C2, C3, and C4 in the Lower Sixth as well as statistics module S1 and mechanics module M1.

A student who has progressed to the Upper Sixth will then study the pure modules FP1, FP2, and FP3 (FP standing for Further Pure) as well as the statistics module S2 and the mechanics module M2. To complete the course the student will then choose to study either M3 or S3.

Pure Maths (C1, C2, C3, C4, FP1, FP2, FP3 )

Consists of algebra, trigonometry and coordinate geometry. Calculus, the study of functions and their rates of change, is central to the course. The FP modules taken by further mathematicians take these concepts further as well as introducing imaginary numbers and matrices.

Statistics S1, S2, S3

Extends the elementary ideas of both probability and statistics. Later stages in the solution of statistics problems are often reliant upon pure mathematical techniques.

Mechanics M1, M2, M3

Is principally concerned with the analysis of systems of forces, and the effect of such systems on particles and rigid bodies. There is much thematic overlap here with physics. Later stages in the solution of mechanics problems are often reliant upon pure mathematical techniques.

Entry requirements

For all options, pupils must have obtained a grade A or A* at GCSE Level. This year, two thirds of the students on the course will have gained an A* at GCSE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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