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Mathematics A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

Mathematics is traditionally a very popular choice for Sixth Form study at AGS. As a Mathematics and Computing specialist college, we are able to offer maximum choice in mathematics’ options.

Although not seen as one of the easier subjects at this level, students who respond to the challenge and apply themselves well, gain a great deal from the course. An AS/A Level qualification in Mathematics will stand you in good stead, whether or not you intend to make use of it beyond the Sixth Form. The skills you will develop to succeed in Mathematics make it a very marketable qualification.

Course content

AS course: All students take two ‘Core’ modules in pure mathematics along with one module in applied mathematics. Each module is assessed by a 1½ hr exam, all taken in May/June of Year 12. Core modules: Pure mathematics is the cornerstone of the course and comprises (C1 + C2) two compulsory modules. Some topics will be familiar from GCSE, such as algebra and trigonometry, but will be developed and studied in greater depth.

Other topics will be completely new, such as calculus. Applied Options – one module must be chosen from:

Statistics: The analysis and representation of data, and application of probability theory, (S1) to model real life situations. Building upon the foundations laid at GCSE, this option will be useful particularly to those studying subjects such as biology, geography or social sciences.

Mechanics: The study of forces and motion. Setting up and analysing mathematical models (M1) of problems in the real world. Anyone considering a course in Engineering or Physics at university should take this option.

Decision Maths: Modelling decision making processes with mathematical algorithms. You will (D1) study among other things critical path analysis and various network problems. (Students who have already taken D1 in Year 11 may opt for D2 in Year 12).

A2 course: Two further ‘Core’ modules in pure mathematics, along with a further applied module are required in Year 13 to turn the AS award into A Level Mathematics. Students may complement their Applied AS module by taking a different option, gaining a broad grounding in applied maths.

Alternatively it may be possible to specialise by taking Mechanics 2, Statistics 2 or Decision Maths 2, depending on other subjects taken or on intended university course.

Entry requirements

to succeed at an advanced level in Mathematics you need to have shown an aptitude for the subject at GCSE and in particular be able to use algebra confidently in a variety of situations. As a minimum requirement you must have followed a Higher Tier course and gained GCSE grade A (or B with a strong teacher recommendation). As important as this, for anyone embarking on advanced study in Mathematics, is an enjoyment of the subject.

Assessment

Exam for each unit.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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