A Level Mathematics at Kirk Hallam Community Academy
Year 12 units: (three modules)
Core 1 and Core 2 - pure mathematics.
This part of the course is taken by all candidates. It develops algebraic techniques of simplification and
equation solving well beyond the level of GCSE. The two branches of calculus are introduced: differentiation
deals with rates of change and integration studies the cumulative effect of a continuous variable. Other topics
include co-ordinate geometry, algebraic and trigonemetrical functions and the introduction of logarithm and
For the third module students will choose between Statistics and Mechanics 1.
Mechanics looks at the mathematics of the real world by studying forces and equations of motion. If you are
taking Physics as one of your choices, mechanics will support this. Statistics is similar to the Data Handling
Module that you have studied at GCSE and is concerned with the collection, analysis, interpretation and
presentation of data. Statistics is often used in biology, geography and the social sciences (Psychology,
Economics, Sociology etc).
Year 13 units: (three modules)
Core 3 and Core 4 cover more pure mathematics including vectors.
For the third module we expect that students will study either Statistics 2, Mechanics 2 or Decision 1
depending on student’s choice during Year 12..
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above.You will need a minimum grade B for Maths at GCSE.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kirk Hallam Community Academy directly.