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Mathematics A-Level at Chesham Grammar School

Course description

You may well not have drawn up detailed plans for what you will do in the years ahead, but as you near the end of your GCSE courses, you will be trying to decide the most suitable combination of subjects for Sixth Form study. Remember that mathematics cuts across all academic boundaries and offers, among other things, practice in logical thinking and reasoning. The value of including some form of mathematical course in your Sixth Form programme should not be overlooked. Remember too that your present mathematics teacher has a good idea of your capabilities and should be one important source of advice as you begin to make your decisions.

Course content

Mathematics can be divided into two parts: pure and applied. Pure mathematics is the theoretical side of mathematics. It deals with concepts, ideas and techniques. At GCSE the work on algebra and trigonometry are two examples of pure mathematics. These will be extended and new ideas such as differentiation, integration and co-ordinate geometry introduced. At least half of each of the mathematics courses will be spent studying pure mathematics units.

Applied mathematics is concerned with the application of pure mathematics techniques to "real-world" problems. The fields of applied mathematics offered at Chesham Grammar School at both AS and A level are statistics, mechanics and decision mathematics. The former extends ideas met at GCSE on data handling and probability. Mechanics is the branch of applied mathematics, which studies the motion of objects. You will learn how to predict where a cricket ball lands and how quickly a child will come off the bottom of a slide. The latter teaches the ideas of modelling and the use of algorithms, graphs and networks in problem solving.

Some of the work, especially in pure mathematics, is quite abstract and more intellectually demanding than mathematics at GCSE level. Great emphasis is placed on proof and reasoning, and algebraic skills are very important. You will need to work hard and show a high degree of commitment.

Entry requirements

For Advanced level courses, students will be expected to have successfully completed GCSE level examinations, with an average score of 46 points from their best eight GCSEs.

The average is worked out by converting each grade to a numerical score where:

A* = 58, A = 52, B = 46, C = 40, D = 34, E = 28, F = 22 and G = 16 b.

In an A level subject to be taken there is a requirement of grade B or above at GCSE (Grade A or above in Maths, Music and the Sciences), either in the subject itself or in an appropriate related subject in the case of new courses, as indicated on the subjects’ requirement. At least a C in English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific

GCSE Grade A or above

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chesham Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015
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