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Mathematics A Level at Keswick School

Course description

All students will be assessed on a knowledge of pure mathematics, some statistics, and some mechanics.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE mathematics is required. We will give all students a baseline test at the start of Year 12 to check that they have completed the required skills practice over the summer.


Assessment is drawn from the pure mathematics syllabus, a statistics syllabus and a mechanics syllabus, with calculators being required for all assessment.

The A level course is assessed by three examination papers, each lasting two hours and providing one third of the total marks, and consisting of a range of problems from multiple choice and single step to multi-step problems.

  • Paper One covers the pure mathematics topics: proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and numerical methods.
  • Paper Two can assess any of the Paper One content, but will also include questions on vectors, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces, Newton’s laws and moments.
  • Paper Three can also assess any of the Paper One content, but will also include questions on statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing.

Future opportunities

Mathematics qualifications at advanced level are highly regarded for entry to higher education and by employers in all walks of life. Mathematics can be studied alongside a range of other subjects. The mechanics components support physics and also provide a sound base for engineering degree courses, whereas the statistics components are excellent support for all of the social and physical sciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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