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Mathematics A Level (Edexcel) (Block E) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

This course will develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. It will develop your ability to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs and to extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems.

The course will develop your understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected. You will be able to recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved.

You will learn to use mathematics as an effective means of communication, and to read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of mathematics. You will acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, and recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations.

Finally, you will develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general.

Course content

This course comprises six units, four of which are mandatory and all of which are assessed externally.

Units (Mandatory)

Unit 1 Core

Unit 2 – Core 2

Unit 3 – Decision 1

Unit 4 – Core 3

Unit 5 – Core 4

Unit 6 - Statistics

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 6+ in Mathematics. 


Written examination (1 h 30 m) – externally assessed (17%)

Written examination (1 h 30 m) – externally assessed (17%)
Written examination (1 h 30 m) – externally assessed (17%)
Written examination (1 h 30 m) – externally assessed (17%)
Written examination (1 h 30 m) – externally assessed (17%)
Written examination (1 h 30 m) – externally assessed (17%)

Future opportunities

Mathematics is useful for just about everything. People with mathematicss qualifications can go into: accounting, medicine, engineering, forensic pathology, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, civil service, design, construction and astrophysics to name a few.

Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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