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Mathematics A-Level at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School

Course description

Mathematics is a very popular subject at A-level, which is reflected by the fact that there are currently five groups in the lower sixth. It stands as a subject in its own right, but also combines very well with many other subjects. A lot of students who study other sciences also opt to study Maths. It also combines well with a variety of other subjects, namely Psychology, Geography, Business Studies and Computer Science.

However, there are also a lot of other students who opt to take this subject in combination with subjects such as History, Languages and English Literature. This latter combination provides a wider base for students who may seek to enhance skills such as analysis and problem solving, through studying mathematics.


Course content

Three modules have to be completed for the award of AS mathematics and are studied in the lower sixth. Another three modules are studied in the upper sixth making a total of six modules completed for the award of A-level.

There is an element of choice in Year 13 concerning one of the modules studied. However, this selection is not finalized until the results of the AS examinations become available.

  1. Pure Mathematics. This includes trigonometry, algebra and graphs. It is also referred to as ‘Core Mathematics’. The modules are C1, C2, C3 and C4.
  2. Statistics. This includes probability and data analysis. The modules are S1 and S2
  3. Mechanics. This includes velocity, acceleration and forces and is the module recommended for physicists. The modules are M1 and M2.
  4. Decision Maths. This involves problem solving, the use of algorithms and linear programming. The module offered is D1.

Entry requirements

We do have a minimum requirement of five grade Bs or higher at GCSE. English Language (minimum Grade C) is also required. There are also entry requirements linked to most AS subjects (usually grade B or better). Admission to Year 13 is currently set at 3 grade Ds from your AS results.

Subject Specific

Grade A in GCSE Mathematics (Higher tier) is essential.

Future opportunities

There are a wide range of careers in which mathematics can play a dominant role. Some of these include accountancy, banking, technology, medical science, meteorology, engineering, teaching, civil service, research and the armed forces.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 April 2015
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