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Mathematics A Level at Ripon Grammar School

Course description

Why study A level Maths?

  • It is interesting, challenging and rewarding.  It teaches you precision and the ability

to think logically.

  • It is important in helping you to understand and succeed with other subjects; indeed, it is a compulsory A-level qualification for many degree courses.
  • It is widely regarded as a good qualification to have and it could be useful to you throughout your career.
  • It is essential if you wish to study mathematics at university


What qualities should an A-level Maths student have?
  • You must be interested in mathematics.  Do you enjoy algebra and problem solving?
  • You must have determination.  It can be demanding, if you get stuck you must not give up.
  • You must work consistently hard as many topics build on previous topics due to the progressive nature of mathematics.  You have to keep on top of the work on a modular course.
  • You must be prepared to ask for help when you need it - being shy is no excuse!
  • You must be organised and responsible in your studies - it is your future.


How many people do A-level Maths at Ripon Grammar School?
  • There are 90 in the Lower Sixth in five sets.
  • About three quarters of our AS students continue to A2 level.

Course content

We shall be following the OCR specification (3890/7890). The course will be taught and examined in modules. Three modules will be covered in the Lower Sixth leading to an AS award with three further modules covered in the Upper Sixth leading to the A2. Each year will consist of two pure (core) mathematics modules, building up students’ mathematical skills, and one applied mathematics module (lower sixth – statistics; upper sixth – mechanics). Three modules are required for both the AS and A2 award.

Pure Mathematics content: algebra, trigonometry, calculus, exponential and logarithms, numerical methods, vectors, co-ordinate geometry.

Statistics content: basic probability and statistics, probability distributions, correlation and regression.

Mechanics content: forces, Newton’s laws, momentum and kinematics (including constant acceleration problems.

N.B. There is no coursework in this course.

Entry requirements

A grade B in GCSE mathematics is the minimum requirement to start the Advanced Level mathematics course, although some students with a grade B may struggle with A level mathematics. Ideally students should have gained an A grade at GCSE.


Module examinations occur in May/June each year. Each module examination lasts for one hour thirty minutes and carries equal weighting in the final qualification. There will be regular internal assessments throughout the course to inform progress but all marks are accrued in the final external examinations. Re-sits will only be available in these sessions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripon Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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