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Mathematics A Level at Kensington Aldridge Academy

Course description

Mathematics AS/A Level at KAA will explore and allow students to understand, develop and interpret mathematical concepts.

The Curriculum is designed around key elements of Decision, Mechanics and Statistics. A-level Mathematics offers students with a good understanding of Maths the chance to study it at a higher level. It provides a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace.

Techniques covered include algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus, which together form the fundamental building-blocks of the subject.

Course content

AS Level

The Pure Core makes up two-thirds of the AS and A-level qualification and provides the techniques in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus that form the fundamental building blocks of the subject. Mathematical applications make up the remaining third of the qualification and there are various options to suit the particular needs of individual students. The applications fall into three strands:

•          Decision – networks, algorithms, sorting

•          Mechanics – forces, energy, motion

•          Statistics – probability, data handling, testing hypotheses.


A-level Mathematics

The full Maths A-level is made up of six units – three at AS and three at A2.

•          May be assessed through six different combinations of units.

•          Has optional coursework in Statistics 1.

•          Maximum duration of exams is 1 hour 30 minutes.

•          Graphics calculator allowed in all units except Pure Core 1.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in Maths for Maths

6 A*-C grades plus a grade 5 or above in both English (Lit and / or Lang) and Maths, with a B grade or above in the four AS subjects you wish to study (or closest equivalent)


Year 12 Maths

Unit 1: Core 1  Unit 2: Core 2  Unit 3: Optional Unit

Year 12 Further Maths

Unit 1: Core 1  Unit 2: Core 2  Unit 3: Further Pure 1Unit 4 – 6: Optional Units

If students intend studying AS Physics in Year 12 they should choose Mechanics 1.

Year 13 Maths

Unit 4: Core 3  Unit 5: Core 4  Unit 6: Optional Unit

Year 13 Further Maths

Unit 7: Core 3  Unit 8: Core 4  Unit 9: Further Pure 2

Units 10-12: Optional Units

Optional Units

Statistics 1,2,3,4          Mechanics 1,2,3,4,5    Decision 1,2

All of the units are examined by 1 hour 30 minute examination papers during the Summer Examination period.

Future opportunities

A-level Mathematics is a much sought after and highly respected qualification, which can open doors to a wide range of Higher Education courses and rewarding careers.  Higher Education courses that require A-level Mathematics include Economics, Teaching, Medicine, Psychology, Architecture, Engineering, Science and Accountancy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kensington Aldridge Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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