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Mathematics A Level at Farlingaye High School

Course description

Mathematics is a uniquely exciting, powerful, rewarding and challenging subject.

You will study many new areas such as Decision Mathematics and Calculus and explore some familiar topics in a great deal more depth.

You will develop your powers of analysis as well as your ability to deal with abstract concepts such as mathematical proof.

In Year 13 you will be given the opportunity to study either Statistics (an understanding of which is important for those considering Medicine as a degree choice) or Mechanics. 

Course content

AS units

Core 1

  • Algebra and functions
  • polynomials
  • coordinate geometry
  • ideas of mathematical proof.

Core 2

  • Sequences and series
  • logarithms
  • trigonometry
  • calculus.

Decision 1 – Algorithms, graph theory, networks, critical path analysis, linear programming, simulation.


A2 units

Core 3 

  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • functions
  • further Calculus
  • numerical methods.

Core 4

  • Further algebra
  • further trigonometry
  • even further Calculus
  • vectors.

Statistics 1 – Data representation; probability; discrete random variables; binomial distribution and hypothesis testing. 

Entry requirements

(GCSE grades)  Maths B (Higher Paper)


Core 3 involves a piece of coursework which counts for 20% of the assessment of the unit.

The remaining assessment is by examination. All units are equally weighted.

Future opportunities

Recent research showed that graduates with A Level maths earned, on average, 10% more than those without.

Other than financial reasons, A Level Mathematics is essential if you wish to study Mathematics, Engineering or Physical Sciences at degree level.

It is considered valuable as a supporting subject to many varied degree courses such as Geography, Law, Computing, Economics, Biology and Medicine. It is an impressive A Level to be able to put on any application form.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Farlingaye High School directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2016
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