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Mathematics A Level at Cranbrook School

Course description

Mathematics is a popular subject for A level students at Cranbrook, but students also realise that mathematics at this level is a demanding discipline. We study the OCR Mathematics A modular course, which enables our students to take a broad combination of modules from the strands of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics.

During the AS course students will study:

Indices and surds; Polynomials; Coordinate geometry and graphs; Differentiation; Trigonometry; Sequences and series; Algebra; Integration; Representation of data; Probability; Discrete random variables and Bivariate data.

Typically, between 80 and 90 students complete the AS course (3 modules) in Year 12 and a significant number then generally continue onto the A2 course (a further 3 modules) in Year 13.

The additional modules studied for A2 mathematics include topics on: Algebra and functions; Trigonometry; Differentiation and integration; Numerical methods; Algebra and graphs; Differentiation and integration; Differential equations; Vectors; Force as a vector; Equilibrium of a particle; Kinematics of motion in a straight line; Newton’s laws of motion and Linear momentum.

Course content

AS Mathematics:

  • Module 1: Core Mathematics 1
  • Module 2: Core Mathematics 2
  • Module 3: Probability and Statistics 1

A2 Mathematics:

  • Module 4: Core Mathematics 3
  • Module 5: Core Mathematics 4
  • Module 6: Mechanics 1

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for any student who gained an A or A* grade at GCSE level. The IGCSE qualification is desirable but by no means a requirement for entry to this course.

It should be noted that there is a baseline test upon arrival in year 12 which will test GCSE knowledge at an A* level so any students with an A grade may wish to spend time during the summer topping up understanding.

Furthermore, to help with the transition from GCSE to AS the mathematics department recommend that all potential AS mathematics students study the text book “Head Start to AS Maths” from CGP Books before the start date of the AS course. The ISBN number of this bridging text is 978 1 84146 993 5.

Future opportunities

You could use this course to support entry to higher education in areas of mathematics, and related fields of study such as Electronics, Economics, Physics or other more general higher education courses.

The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and engineering sectors.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years