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Mathematics Core A-Level at Coopers School

Course description

Please note that this course is equivalent to a 2 year AS qualification and therefore you must choose 3 other A Level subjects to study in addition to this one. This qualification is designed to consolidate and build on your mathematical understanding at GCSE, as well as develop your mathematical understanding and skills further in the application of mathematics to authentic problems.

Course content

The content areas covered in this qualification are:

  • Applications of statistics – you will study the collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.
  • Probability – you will study the chance and risk of events happening in areas such as finance, science, artificial intelligence, business, computer science and philosophy.
  • Linear programming – you will study problems involving finding the best outcome e.g. maximum profit, through consideration of problems that can be modelled by linear relationships.
  • Sequences and growth – you will apply your mathematical understanding of sequences, growth and decay to problems in the contexts of financial mathematics, population growth, epidemics and radioactive decay.

Entry requirements

C in English Language

B in Mathematics


The course is assessed through two examination papers which will be sat in May/June of year 13. Both papers will contain questions covering the whole of the course content.

Paper 1: Comprehension (40% of final grade) This paper has two sections and a source booklet which contains details about two real-life contexts. In each section you will have to comprehend, interpret, and analyse the contexts contained in the source booklet to answer the questions. The source booklet will be available to you prior to the examination.

Paper 2: Applications (60% of final grade) This paper has two sections and a source booklet which contains details about four real-life contexts, one of which will be the same as one of the contexts in paper 1. You will need to refer to the source booklet at all times when answering the questions in each section, which will require you to apply your problem solving skills.

Future opportunities

This qualification is best suited to students who choose to study other qualifications requiring the use of mathematics including, economics, finance, biology, geography and psychology and who are not studying A Level mathematics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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