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Mathematics at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

The Course

The syllabus consists of six, equally weighted modules.

In the Year 12 candidates sit compulsory Pure Core 1 and Pure Core 2, together with an applied module which can be either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1.

In Year 13 candidates sit compulsory Pure Core 3 and Pure Core 4, together with an applied module, which can be a continuation of the Year 12 module (Mechanics 2 or Statistics 2) or candidates can sit the ‘other’ Year 12 Applied module or possibly candidates can sit a new applied module, Decision 1.

The topics covered in the Pure Mathematics course are:

algebra; functions; quadratic functions and their graphs; coordinate geometry; differentiation; integration; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; numerical methods; vectors.

Most of these topics are developed throughout the four Pure Core modules.

The topics covered in the Mechanics course are: mathematical modelling; kinematics in one and two dimensions; statics and forces; momentum; Newton’s laws of motion; connected particles; projectiles; moments and centre of mass; application of differential equations; uniform circular motion; vertical circular motion; work and energy.

The topics covered in the Statistics course are:

Numerical measures; probability; binomial distribution; normal distribution; estimation; correlation and regression; discrete and continuous random variables; Poisson distribution; hypothesis testing; chi-squared contingency table tests.

The topics covered in the Decision course are:

Minimum connectors; Dijkstra’s algorithm; Chinese postman problem; travelling salesman problem; graph theory; matchings; sorting algorithms; linear programming.


Mathematics is universally recognised as a tough A level and is welcomed by universities and employers. A mathematical background is very helpful for all aspects of science, engineering, business and computing.

What next…

The full range of ‘Red Brick’ universities (including Oxbridge), other educational institutions, as well as a variety of employment.


The course contains no coursework and the main thrust is towards the module examinations. All the Mathematics staff make themselves available to assist candidates with their studies. Occasional trips are organised to related lectures.


Candidates sit the three AS modules in June of Year 12, with the three A2 modules being sat in June of Year 13. Experience has shown that candidates who have not obtained a grade B at Higher Level GCSE Mathematics will find the course extremely difficult. Mathematics is a hard A level, and should only be attempted by those who are prepared to commit the necessary time and effort to their studies. It can, however, prove extremely satisfying and rewarding for those who begin to appreciate its supreme beauty.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.