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Mathematics A level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

AS level:

Develops from GCSE the techniques of Pure Mathematics in the areas of Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry and introduces Calculus with the basic forms of differentiation and integration leading to a wider range of functions plus the introduction of logarithms and exponentials, sequences and series and trigonometrical identities and related results.
 
The course will also involve elements of the applied topics of statistics and mechanics.
 
40% of the exam will focus on problem solving.
 
A level:
 
This further develops techniques in algebra and functions, trigonometry, logarithms and calculus and also introduces the use of numerical methods to find approximate solutions to equations.
 
There is further study of more complex functions and their operations, trigonometrical identities, co-ordinate geometry, series and calculus. Formal vector geometry is introduced and differential equations are solved.
 
There will be further work on statistics and mechanics.
 
50% of the exam will focus on problem solving.

Entry requirements

To follow a programme of A-Level subjects, students must have a minimum of 5.5 GCSE points from at least six GCSEs, which must include English and Mathematics (at grade 5). 
 
To study A-Level Mathematics it is necessary to have at least grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
 
GCSE equivalence grades at C or above, from courses such as BTECs, will not be sufficient to study Mathematics or Science at AS Level.
 
All students must have a good record of conduct and be comfortable with the values and the ethos of the academy. All students will be interviewed and references sought for external candidates.
 
Progress from Year 12 to Year 13 is not automatic and is dependent upon a successful first year and a pass grade in the progression exams taken at the end of Year 12.

Assessment

AS level:
 
Paper 1:  Written Exam: 1hr 30min - 50% of AS level
Paper 2:  Written Exam: 1hr 30min - 50% of AS level
 
A level:
 
Paper 1:  Written Exam: 2hr - 33.3% of A level
Paper 2:  Written Exam: 2hr - 33.3% of A level
Paper 3:  Written Exam: 2hr - 33.3% of A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016

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