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Mathematics AS and A level at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

A modular course comprising six study units (16.6% each) in the areas of Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Mechanics and Statistics) 

year 12 (AS):

  • core 1
  • core2
  • mechanics 1

Year 13 (A2)

  • core 3
  • core 4
  • statistics 1

Students who successfully complete the AS units are awarded a certificate in Advanced Subsidiary Mathematics (8371). Those students who then successfully complete the A2 units are awarded a further certificate in Advanced GCE Mathematics (9371). 

We recommend the additional study of Further Mathematics, to be viewed as a fourth 

A’ Level, for students intending to read Mathematics, Science, Medicine or Engineering at university. 

Entry requirements

In view of the specialist nature of the course students need to have achieved a high grade ‘B’ on the Higher level GCSE paper to be considered for the ‘A’ level course. Students wishing to study Further Mathematics need to have achieved a grade A at GCSE and be recommended by their Maths teacher. 

A’ Level Mathematics is demanding and challenging: it is also enjoyable and stimulating, providing a real sense of achievement. Logical thinking and problem-solving skills underpin much of the work and this is one reason why A’ Level Mathematics is so highly respected by employers and universities.

However, you will only achieve success if you are willing to commit yourself to your studies and to take responsibility for your learning, including several hours each week of independent study. We will assist you in the construction of a Revision Folder: it is then up to you to use your folder regularly (not just at exam time!) to stay on top of the work and to ease your transition to new, but related work. 

Assessment

Assessment is exclusively through written examinations, called Module Examinations, which take place in January and June. All of these examinations have durations of one hour and thirty minutes, with 75 marks being available each time. 

Note that you may resit any examination, with the better or best mark counting towards the final grade.

Calculators

Graphical calculators are powerful aids to mathematicians and their use is encouraged by Edexcel. We recommend the Texas Instruments TI83-Plus calculators and we will help you to purchase them when they are required.

Note that, for unit C1 only, no calculating aid, including a simple scientific calculator, is permitted. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbrook Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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