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Mathematics and Further Mathematics AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at Cheltenham College

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"All is number"


It is on the top floor of New Block (along with a great view of the cricket) where our Maths Department can be found. Maths is central to College’s academic life and is staffed by highly qualified teachers with a wide range of interests. The rooms are fully equipped with Promethean interactive whiteboards and a wide range of software is used to help pupils understand and expand their Maths.

In Sixth Form, between 12 and 30 pupils take Further Maths A level, and another 30 to 40 take Maths A level alone. It’s one of the biggest departments in the College, and very successful.

Maths doesn’t however, stop in the classroom: we run puzzle competitions and extra classes, we also have a programming club that meets on Mondays. We belong to the Gloucestershire Mathematical Association and hear talks by eminent mathematicians. We also run our own College Mathematics Society at which teachers and pupils talk about topics ranging from Pi to Code-Breaking to Paradoxes.

Pupils also compete in national mathematical competitions on a regular basis, with a steady flow of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

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A Level Mathematics is a popular option at the College. There are currently about 100 candidates following the course in the Sixth Form. At present, we are following the OCR syllabus.

On average, over 50% achieve an A grade, with an overall pass rate close to 100%.

Mathematics A Level is achieved by accumulating marks in six separate modular examinations, each of which carries the same weight. Four of these cover Pure Mathematics in a progressive manner. These form the basic working techniques, which are largely algebraic and cover the topics: calculus, co-ordinate geometry, vectors and numerical methods. The other two modules cover elements of Applied Mathematics. These can be in Probability & Statistics and/or Mechanics or Discrete Mathematics.

Each set is taught by two teachers, one covering Pure and the other covering Applied Mathematics.



This is available to those of high mathematical ability. It is a second A Level taken in addition to Mathematics. The same topics in greater depth, and other, more advanced topics are introduced, particularly in Pure Mathematics. Students are given five extra periods of teaching.

An AS Level in Further Mathematics, as well as an A Level in Mathematics, i.e. one and a half A Levels, is also available to those who may not have the time or opportunity for the extra periods, but whose work progresses rapidly.

Financial information


Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

Further information


Around 70 Sixth Form students sat the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge this year. Pupils at College earned 6 gold awards, 10 silver awards and 28 bronze awards. This meant that they had all placed roughly in the top 300 nationally.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cheltenham College directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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