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Mathematics: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?

Mathematics is a course that is challenging and interesting. It builds on the work covered at GCSE but also involves new ideas. It serves as a useful support to many other qualifications as well as being a sought after qualification for the workplace and courses in higher education. Employers value numeracy, clarity of thought and the capacity for logical argument that the study of Mathematics develops.

Who does it suit?

You need to enjoy maths, solving problems and be prepared to develop your algebraic skills to a high level. A substantial commitment is required to the Mathematics course. 

Course content

Over the course of two years you will study:

Overview for Pure Mathematics:
Topic 1:  Proof
Topic 2:  Algebra and functions
Topic 3:  Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
Topic 4:  Sequences and series
Topic 5:  Trigonometry
Topic 6:  Exponentials and logarithms
Topic 7:  Differentiation
Topic 8:  Integration
Topic 9:  Numerical methods
Topic 10: Vectors

Overview for Applied Mathematics:

Section A: Statistics

Topic 1:  Statistical sampling
Topic 2:  Data presentation and interpretation
Topic 3:  Probability
Topic 4:  Statistical distributions
Topic 5:  Statistical hypothesis testing

Section B: Mechanics
Topic 6:  Quantities and units in mechanics
Topic 7:  Kinematics
Topic 8:  Forces and Newton's laws
Topic 9:  Moments

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 4-6 hours of private study per week.




Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE Grade 5 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE Mathematics Grade 7


Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1
Duration: 2 hours
% of A level? 33.33%

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2
Duration: 2 hours
% of A level? 33.33%

Total 100 marks. Papers 1 and 2 may contain questions on any topics from the Pure Mathematics content. Calculators can be used in the assessment.

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics
Duration: 2 hours
% of A level? 33.33%

There is no coursework affiliated to this course.


Future opportunities

After A levels, university is an obvious choice but not necessarily studying Mathematics itself. There is a vast range of higher education courses and other careers in which Mathematics plays an important part. These can include engineering, accountancy, market research, meteorology and scientific careers to name but a few.

If you plan to study Law, take up a career in computing or join the RAF then your A level in Mathematics could be an advantage. It can also be of benefit to many other courses, for example, Physics, Geography and Business Studies.


Further information

Students will visit a local university.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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