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Mathematics A level at St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Studying mathematics at this level helps develop skills exploring the rigour of logical arguments and the challenge of problem solving. It is a very challenging, but highly valued qualification and is useful in an increasingly diverse range of degrees and careers.

Course content

Topics covered in pure maths include:

  • proof,
  • algebra and functions,
  • coordinate geometry,
  • sequences and series,
  • trigonometry,
  • exponentials and logarithms,
  • calculus,
  • numerical methods
  • vectors.

In applied maths the content includes:

  • statistical sampling,
  • data presentation and interpolation,
  • probability,
  • statistical distribution,
  • hypothesis testing,
  • kinematics,
  • forces and Newton’s laws
  • moments (full A level only)

Entry requirements

The general requirement to enter St Peter's Sixth Form to study 3 A levels, is 5 GCSEs at grade C / level 4 or above including English and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be taken into account.

Required for this course:

Ideally GCSE level 7 in mathematics, though good students should discuss their GCSE result with a member of the maths department.

You must have a real skill and passion for algebra.

Assessment

Assessment is through 100% examinations.

From September 2017 if pupils wish to sit a one year AS course in mathematics, they will sit two papers:

  • Paper 1 Pure Mathematics (2 hours)
  • Paper 2 Statistics and Mechanics (1 hour).

Those looking to do the full A-level Mathematics course will sit three papers at the end of the two years, each of two hours in length:

  • Paper 1 Pure Mathematics 1,
  • Paper 2 Pure Mathematics 2  
  • Paper 3 Statistics and Mechanics.

Future opportunities

In addition to being a fascinating subject in its own right, Maths A-level is very useful to students studying science A-levels, especially Maths and Physics.

It is also relevant to Business studies and can complement subjects such as Modern Languages and Music. The statistics element is useful to any subject where you have to analyse data such as Geography and Psychology. 

A good grade at mathematics A-level is an important qualification for a range of courses at many excellent universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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