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Mathematics A Level at The Henrietta Barnett School

Course description

Mathematics A Level is demanding and success depends on a readiness to persevere in the subject, a conscientious approach to all work set and regular attendance throughout. The pace is fast and a firm commitment is required by everyone undertaking the course.

Aims are:

Develop the understanding of mathematics and mathematical process in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment 

Extend the range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems 

Develop an understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected 

Develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general 

Take increasing responsibility for one’s own learning and the evaluation of one’s own mathematical development

Course content

A concept or topic is usually introduced and practised in a lesson and then you take work home to develop the idea and to improve your ability to apply it to problems by yourself. There are regular topic tests to monitor progress and understanding.

Studying Pure Mathematics will involve acquiring further skills in number, algebra and geometry leading to new topics including calculus, vectors and logarithms. This provides a common core for the A Level Mathematics courses. Knowledge of Pure Mathematics is essential for a thorough understanding of Physics and Chemistry.

The Probability and Statistics will include work on representing data, probability, random variables and correlation. Statistics complements Economics, Biology, Geography and Psychology and it is also useful for Chemistry, History, Law and Medicine.

The mechanics work will include work on forces, equilibrium, kinematics and Newton's laws. Mechanics goes well with Physics and is useful for Biology and Chemistry

Entry requirements

For all applicants, both internal and external, the minimum requirement is: (a) At least six grades 7 or above at GCSE (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) (b) At least a grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics, if these subjects are not being taken in the Sixth Form. (c) At least grade 7 (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A Level. For Further Mathematics an 8 or 9 (A* in the unreformed GCSE). sFor subjects not previously studied at GCSE, a grade 7 or above (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) in an equivalent subject will be required (please see the Sixth Form Information Booklet).


The A Level course will consist of three modules, one in Pure Mathematics, one in Pure Mathematics and Statistics and another in Pure Mathematics and Mechanics. Each module is assessed by a 2 hour written examination in May/June, Year 13. Each module is one third of the A Level Mathematics course.

Future opportunities

Mathematics lends itself to any field and can enhance career prospects and earning capacity.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Henrietta Barnett School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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