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Mathematics A Level at The Archbishop's School

Course description

This is a two-year linear course.  It is assessed by examination at the end of year 13. 

The new A level mathematics course aims to extend the range of students’ mathematical skills and techniques and enable them to solve challenging mathematical problems in a variety of contexts.

There are three overarching themes to the A level course;

  • Mathematical argument, language and proof
  • Mathematical problem solving
  • Mathematical modelling


The topics covered are;

Pure mathematics – proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods, vectors.

Statistics – statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing.  Students will analyse a large data set over the course of their studies, completing tasks such as selecting samples, cleaning the data, calculating regression equations and correlation coefficients.  This is designed to ensure that students can apply their skills in meaningful contexts.

Mechanics – quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, moments.  Students of physics and those who wish to progress to engineering or architecture courses will find the mechanics topics particularly useful.

There is also an increased emphasis on the use of technology to prepare students for further study of the use of mathematics in the workplace.  This includes the use of mathematical and statistical graphing tools and spreadsheets so the students can confidently use software to manipulate data.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C (or equivalent) at GCSE.  Mathematics GCSE at a minimum of grade 6

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a versatile qualification, well respected by employers and considered a “facilitating” subject for entry to higher education.  Those who have studied mathematics have an excellent choice of careers in areas as diverse as: finance, aerospace, IT, games development, geophysics, engineering, business, construction, civil service, healthcare, medicine, programming, astrophysics to name a few.  Employers value the problem-solving skills, resilience and creativity developed during the study of mathematics.  For many science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at degree level or for certain advanced apprenticeships, mathematics is a preferred subject.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 January 2017
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