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Mathematics A Level at The Knights Templar School

Course description

Mathematics is a fascinating and challenging subject. It is a very worthwhile course as an end in itself but is also a useful support to many other subjects. As an A level it is highly regarded by universities and employers as it demonstrates ability for analysis and logical thinking.

Pure Mathematics as its name implies, comprises the core topics which underpin Mathematics. Topics such as algebra, trigonometry and co-ordinate geometry are extended from GCSE. New topics such as calculus will also be studied, which provide powerful tools for analysing problems in Science, Economics and many areas. It is essential to any mathematically-related study in Higher Education.

Mechanics looks at the application of Mathematics to real world situations. Physical problems, such as a car cornering, throwing or firing an object or population expansion, are modelled mathematically, analysed and then interpreted. Mechanics is a very useful support to Physics A-level but students not taking Physics should still find Mechanics a stimulating and highly useful area of Mathematics to study.

Statistics largely concerns the analysis of data and the course covers a range of techniques widely used in commerce and industry. The course builds upon many topics already encountered at GCSE such as averages, cumulative frequency and probability. There is a good deal of computational and graphical work and much of the course involves using statistical techniques such as 'correlation' to analyse data. Correlation for instance is used to ascertain whether there might be a relationship between two sets of figures - for example given data about maintenance costs and the age of machines, we could use correlation techniques to investigate whether maintenance costs increase with the age of the machine.

Decision Mathematics (an option for Further Mathematics students) is a fairly new area of Applied Mathematics at A level. There are many decision-making problems in business and commerce for which a different problem solving approach is required. Decision Mathematics is used to solve problems such as finding the quickest way to sort a long list of numbers and how a traveling salesperson can do the least traveling.

Each A level course is divided into six modules of which three are assessed in Year 12 to give an AS qualification and three during Year 13 to complete the A level. In each year there are two compulsory Pure Mathematics modules. In addition students have one Application module each year. These modules are Mechanics (M1) and Statistics (S1). There will be no coursework element. Staff are always available outside of lessons for extra help. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English  for a full level 3 programme.

A student wishing to study any Mathematics course is expected to achieve a Grade A at GCSE Mathematics and to have been taught in one of the top two sets or be exceptional from set 3.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years