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Mathematics A level at Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School

Course description

The Mathematics course develops your logical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills. With the AS or A Level students will be required to study pure and applied (both mechanics and statistics) Mathematics with a content ratio of 2:1. In Pure Mathematics students form a better understanding of the relationship between algebraic and graphical representation, the gradients of curves and areas enclosed by curves (Calculus), as well as solving harder equations, sometimes involving trigonometric functions. In the Statistics modules, they develop skills started in the GCSE to analyse and represent data, and also to solve harder probability problems. In the Mechanics course they will be using vectors and trigonometry to model physical problems and use laws of motion to solve problems.

Entry requirements

Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are: • an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies • a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students • full time attendance and punctuality Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully. If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.


Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 AS content assessed at A Level standard Duration: 2 hours Weight: 100 marks.

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 Remaining pure content which builds on and incorporates AS content Duration: 2 hours Weight: 100 marks.

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 Remaining pure content which builds on and incorporates AS content Duration: 2 hours Weight: 100 marks.

Future opportunities

Many higher education courses have strong links to GCE Mathematics including economics, medicine, architecture, engineering and accountancy to name a few. There are obvious career links in the world of business and science and less obvious links with journalism. The skills of logical thinking and problem solving are often very desirable in the workplace.

Further information

All content will be assessed at the end of the course (terminal), an AS Level will no longer count towards an A Level, therefore they are both separate courses. Students are now expected to learn both statistics and mechanics as part of their compulsory content. Assessment Objectives A01: Use and apply standard techniques: 50% A02: Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically: 25% A03: Solve problems within Mathematics and other contexts: 25%.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 9MA0