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Mathematics A Level at Bristol Free School

Course description

Mathematics is everywhere from the patterns on a butterfly’s wings to the trajectory of a rugby conversion. Mathematics helps us make sense of these patterns and obtain greater structure and predictability in life. Mathematics helps us price things, build websites, create graphics and design skyscrapers. A Level Mathematics develops key employability skills such as problem-solving, logical reasoning, communication and resilience; it is a vital qualification for numerous high paid jobs that play an important role in the British economy. Mathematics at A level builds on work you will have met at GCSE, but also involves many new ideas. If you enjoy maths, have a strong work ethic and relish the challenge of problem-solving then this is the course for you.

Course content

Pure Mathematics
Pure 1 and Pure 2 include familiar topics such as algebra and functions and coordinate geometry. New topics include sequences and series, a wider view of trigonometry, numerical methods, logarithms, and differentiation and integration, together known as calculus.

Applied Mathematics
Statistics involves statistical sampling, data presentation and probability, all of which follow on from topics met at GCSE, leading to the study of statistical distributions with special properties.
Mechanics includes the mathematics used to study the physical world, modelling the motion of objects and the forces acting on them. Topics include kinematics, moments, forces and Newton’s laws
Each of the three units, Pure 1, Pure 2 and Applied are assessed through a 2-hour examination taken at the end of the two-year course. The three examinations are equally weighted.

Entry requirements

Must include a grade 6 or above in Mathematics.


You will learn through a variety of techniques; modelling of new ideas, exploring different ways to solve problems and presenting your solutions to your peers. Investing time in solving problems independently is critical to developing your mathematical ability. You will have the opportunity to participate in UKMT National Challenge competitions and attend events at UWE and Bristol University with a STEM focus.

Future opportunities

The skills developed through the study of Mathematics are in high demand from employers. In addition to developing the ability to solve problems and think logically, the study of Mathematics provides opportunities to develop team working skills, resilience, effective communication of complex ideas and the ability to use your own initiative. The vast range of degree courses and careers that require solid mathematical skills ensures that taking Mathematics to AS level or beyond will open doors to a world of opportunities!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 August 2017

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