Mathematics A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School
Mathematics is required by a wide range of students, from those intending to read Maths-based courses at university to those needing particular techniques to support other subjects or their chosen career.
A-level students learn an approach to Mathematics that will equip them to use it in the adult world and be able to communicate what they are doing to those around them.
The key skills of Problem Solving, Communication, Numeracy and Information Technology form an integral part of the MEI A-level Mathematics Specification.
Students who enjoy mathematics will find the step up to the rigorous pace and challenge of the A level course rewarding. This substantially extends the topics covered in GCSE work, such as Algebra and Trigonometry as well as introducing many new and complex mathematical concepts such as Calculus.
Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.
Grade A* or A at higher tier GCSE Mathematics is essential.
Mathematics at AS and A2 Level
In Year 12 you will take three units: Core 1, Core 2 and either Statistics 1 or Core 3. These examinations are taken in the Summer of Year 12. These three units make up an AS in Mathematics.
If you continue to study Mathematics to A2-level in Year 13, you will complete three further units. By the end of the two-year course you will have taken six units, all of equal weighting. Four of these will be core units (Core 1 to 4) in Pure Mathematics and the remaining two units are Statistics modules. These six units make up a full A-Level in Mathematics.
There is a single two-week coursework task for one of the six modules taken for the single A-level award (C3).
Studying A-Level Mathematics is essential for students aspiring to read a variety of Maths-related subjects at university, for example: Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Engineering. It can be useful for a range of other degree courses such as Architecture, Economics, Psychology and Accounting. Studying Mathematics also complements courses such as Geography, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.