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A Level in Mathematics at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

To complete an A-Level (Modular) in Mathematics, students must study three modules in Year 12 and a further three modules in Year 13.

Course content

In Year 12, students study the compulsory Core Mathematics 1 and Core Mathematics 2 modules which extend the A/A* topics from GCSE Mathematics. The course includes Integration, Differentiation, Geometry and Algebra.

Students in Year 12 also study Statistics 1. This recaps the statistics content of the GCSE course and extends it to cover Continuous Random Variables and more Probability. Those pupils studying Psychology, Sociology and other Socials Sciences will benefit from this module.

In Year 13, students study the compulsory Core Mathematics 3 and Core Mathematics 4 modules. These extend the knowledge gained in Year 12 Core Mathematics modules. Students must also study a further application module from one of the following:

Statistics 2: This will further student’s knowledge of probability. It is necessary to first pass Statistics 1.

Mechanics 1: Pupils studying this module will concentrate on calculating centres of mass, vectors, forces and the results of collisions. This unit is valuable for those students interested in Physics and Engineering related courses at university.

Entry requirements

A-Level Mathematics students require GCSE Mathematics grade B or above. In addition, they will be required to sit an Entrance Exam based on GCSE algebra and must achieve at least 50% to be accepted on to the course.



Exam Board/Syllabus

Edexcel A-Level Modular Mathematics 9371


AS and A2 Mathematics is 100% exam based with no coursework component. All modules have an equal weighting.

Towards the end of September/early October, all students sit an Initial Progress Test in which they are expected to achieve at least 50% equivalent to an A-Level D grade. Students are then tested each half term so we can analyse their progress over the year.


Further information

For further information contact Mr T Lee, Head of Mathematics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS, and a further 1 year for A Level