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Mathematics A Level at Appleby Grammar School

Course description

A-level mathematics extends the ideas introduced at GCSE and it provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the work place. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying maths at this level make sure the qualification is widely respected. It is desirable for students wishing to study physics, chemistry and engineering. Studies show that young people with A-level maths earn 10% more than their counterparts!

Course content

The exams will include a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems.

Pure Maths Content:

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical methods

Mechanics Content includes:

  • Vectors 
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s laws
  • Moments

Statistical Content includes:

  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation and Interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing

Entry requirements

We expect our students to have obtained at least a Grade 6 at Maths GCSE. An enjoyment of algebra is desirable as it forms a key part of the qualification.


The course is designed to be studied for 4 hours a week over 2 years. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. We want students to see the links between different areas of maths and to apply their maths skills across all areas. This underpins the new A-level course. Assessment typically consists of three 2 hour written exams in May/June 2018.

Future opportunities

A-level maths provides a foundation for further studies in a variety of subjects including the sciences, geography; business; psychology and engineering. Past students have gone on to study maths, statistics, physics, PPE, medicine, and naval engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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