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Mathematics at Poole Grammar School

Course description

A Level Mathematics is divided into six units. These are made up of four compulsory pure mathematics units, C1, C2, C3 and C4 and two applied units chosen from the areas of mechanics and statistics. Mechanics is the study of practical problems involving motion and forces and is a sensible choice if you study Physics. Statistics focuses on probability and data analysis and goes well with Economics. Mechanics units are labelled M and Statistics units are labelled S.The course for A1 consists of units C1, C2 and M1 for most students but students who do not study Physics may do S1 instead of M1 in Y12. The major differences between GCSE and A1 skills are:

  • Greater emphasis on your ability to analyse questions requirements;
  • Far more questions whose solution required several steps;
  • More rigour in the way you express yourself mathematically and use correct notation.
  • A far greater expectation that you will act independently to resolve any difficulties with understanding.

    The course for A2 consists of C3, C4 and either M1 or S1, depending on which of the two was studies in Y12

Entry requirements

Places on AS Level courses can, subject to available places, normally be offered to applicants who meet the minimum course requirements. These are usually based on the applicant’s best 8 GCSE results, including English and Mathematics, with a minimum of 344 points, with an A* A or B grade in the subjects chosen - or a related discipline, if appropriate (in Mathematics, the minimum grade of B must be at Higher Tier).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years