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Mathematics AS and A Level at Woodcote High School

Course description

Mathematics lies at the heart of almost all aspects of our modern life. It has obvious links to the sciences but also to the social sciences e.g. Sociology and Psychology and to humanities subjects e.g. Geography. Mathematics is a universal language and forms the basis of many developments in the modern world e.g. The Financial Markets, Computer Programming, Predictive Modelling of the real world, scientific and technological advances, to name but a few.

Course content

AS Mathematics*
During the AS course, two units will be studied comprising of

- Unit 1: Pure Mathematics - Topics include Proof, Algebra & Functions, Coordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane, Sequences & Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials & Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Vectors
- Unit 2: Statistics & Mechanics - Topics include Statistical Sampling, Data Presentation & Interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distributions, Statistical Hypothesis Testing, Quantities and Units in Mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s laws

A Level Mathematics* During the A Level course, three units will be studied comprising of:
- Unit 1: Pure Mathematics 1 - This unit is identical to the AS Level Pure Mathematics unit
- Unit 2: Pure Mathematics 2 - This unit builds on the topics in Pure Mathematics 1 and includes an extra topic on Numerical Methods
- Unit 3: Statistics and Mechanics - A Level unit builds on the AS unit of the same name and includes an extra topic on moments


- Unit 1 will be assessed by a 2 hour written examination during the summer of the first year of study. The weighting for this unit is 66.67% of the AS course
- Unit 2 will be assessed by a 1 hour written examination during the summer of the first year of study. The weighting for this unit is 33.33% of the AS course

A Level Mathematics Assessment

Each unit is assessed by three equally weighted 2 hour written examinations in the summer of the second year of study. Results from the AS Level Mathematics qualification do not count towards the A Level qualification.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Mathematics is one of the most sought after qualifications post Sixth Form. It allows further study at university not only within the discipline itself but within related subjects as well; Statistics, Business, Science, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities to name but a few. The skills you acquire in logical processing and problem solving also ensure that there is high demand from employers for students who have studied this subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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