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Mathematics A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

New A levels in mathematics will be taught from September 2017. These are designed to follow on from the new mathematics GCSE which will be first examined in Summer 2017.

All of the A level content will be examined at the end of the course. AS and A levels have been de-coupled so that, while students can sit an AS level halfway through the two-year course the grade awarded at AS will not be counted towards the full A level grade. AS level qualification will carry UCAS points as long as the full A level is not awarded.

Changes include the following:
- New linear structure: AS will be decoupled from A level, and all assessment will take place at the end of the course. Exam questions may draw on the content of the whole A level.
- New emphasis: There will be more emphasis on problem solving, reasoning and modelling, and a requirement for the use of technology to permeate teaching and learning.
- New content: The content of AS and A level Mathematics will be fixed. It will include pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics (including analysis of large data sets) - see our comparison and summary. There will be some choice in content for Further Mathematics
- Students study Pure Maths, Statistics and Mechanics in Year 12

In year 13, students study and further their understanding in pure maths, statistics and mechanics (extending the ideas of algebra, trigonometry, calculus and proof developed in AS).

Entry requirements

Grade 6 to 9 in Mathematics. The course requires a high degree of algebraic skill and students with grade 6 at GCSE Higher level will need to be prepared to spend extra time on developing the necessary algebraic skills at the beginning of the course.

Future opportunities

Mathematics at A level is essential for any mathematics-based degree and a good idea for any science or engineering-based degree. Mathematics is also seen as an advantage to many career paths including finance, insurance, and any business career involving problem solving as it develops analytical and logical skills. Students who are considering a mathematics-based degree are advised to consider taking further mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wanstead High School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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