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Mathematics A and AS Level at Richard Rose Central Academy

Course description

Who is the course for?

Students who genuinely find the subject interesting and are willing to put in a considerable amount of effort. It should not be taken to ‘fill a gap’ in a timetable. Additionally, students who are also studying the physical sciences, Geography and Economics will find A Level Mathematics useful, especially if they intend to apply to university. 


Course content

In Year 12, students study the core units C1 and C2, and also the applied unit S1. These are examined at the end of the first year and students receive an overall AS Level grade for all three exams. If students fail to get a grade they will not be allowed to carry on studying the subject at A2 Level in Year 13

  • C1 picks up where GCSE left off and is mainly about consolidating the A* material in that subject, although pupils are introduced to Calculus, the Factor and Remainder Theorems. 
  • C2 is harder and develops Calculus, Trigonometry and Series, as well as introducing the Binomial Theorem. 
  • S1 is a course in Statistics, and develops the ideas of Probability already learned at GCSE. It also extends the topics of Averages, Variation and Correlation. 
  • In the upper sixth, students study the core units C3 and C4,and also the applied unit M1. These are examined at the end of the second year, and combined with the overall scores from the AS exams, give a final grade in A Level Mathematics.
  • C3 and C4 further develop the ideas of Differential and Integral Calculus, Trigonometry and Exponential Growth but also introduce Numerical and Iterative procedures, and also Vector Equations of Lines.
  • M1 is a course in Mechanics. It is concerned with Newton’s Laws of Motion and their application to practical problems. Students do not have to be studying A Level Physics, although it is obviously an advantage. 

Entry requirements

A*- B GCSE Mathematics. 

Future opportunities

‘A’ Level Mathematics is known as a facilitating subject. It is essential for anyone considering a university course in Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or a closely related discipline, and obviously Mathematics itself. It is also very useful for Economics and other degrees where an element of Statistics is involved. However, due to its demanding nature it is also recognised by employers as one of the best ways of identifying intellect among their applicants. It is well known that people with mathematical skills go on to earn higher than average salaries. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Rose Central Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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