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Mathematics A Level Statistics/Mechanics at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

Mathematics is a rich and fascinating subject in its own right. However, it also provides an important background to the study of many other subjects. Mathematics helps you to make sense of the world that we inhabit and enables you to explore and analyse a variety of problems and apply powerful mathematical and statistical techniques to solve them. The determination and creativity required to solve problems in mathematics are clearly highly regarded, transferable skills and adults with an A level in this subject earn on average, £1000 a year more than their less enlightened peers.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a B grade in GCSE Mathematics is required.


Core 1 - Weighting 33.3%, Examination - 1 hour 30
Topics include: calculus, quadratics, curve sketching and co-ordinate geometry.
Core 2 - Weighting 33.3%, Examination - 1 hour 30
Topics include: applications of calculus, sequences and series, logarithms and trig.
Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1 - Weighting 33.3%, Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes
Statistics: analysing different data distributions and probability
Mechanics: motion of particles, friction, momentum and vectors

Future opportunities

An A level in Mathematics would support students in their further studies of, or a career in, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Business, Accountancy, Economics, Engineering, Ethics and Philosophy. Anybody wishing to study Mathematics at university should also be taking Further Mathematics and a quick search of the UCAS website will reveal that Mathematics can be studied with subjects as diverse as Gaelic and History.


Further information

Please indicate if you would like to study Maths Mechanics or Maths Statistics; you cannot study both subjects as the core content is the same in both A-Levels.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
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      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.