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Mathematics A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

Challenging but Interesting, Mathematics builds on the work you have met at GCSE but also involves new ideas that some of the greatest minds of the last millennium have produced.
Mathematics serves as very useful support for many other qualifications, as well as being a sought after qualification for the workplace and courses In Higher Education.

Course content

Mathematics at AS and A level is divided into four branches:
Core Mathematics
When studying core mathematics at AS and A level you will be exterding your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new Ideas such as calculus. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE then you should find the prospect of this course very appealing.
When you study statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. You will extend the range of probability problems that you studied for GCSE by using the new mathematical techniques studied in the core mathematics units of the course. Many of the ideas you will meet in this course have applications in a wide area of other fields, from assessing what your car insurance is going to cost, to how likely the earth is going to be hit by a comet in the next few years.
When you study mechanics you will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around the planet. You will learn the technique of mathematical modelling; that is, of turning a complicated physical problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematical methods.
Decision Maths
When you study decision maths you will learn how to problem solve through a series of steps that could be programmed to a computer. The course gives an idea of the thinking behind how you could program a series of simple instructions (algorithms) to solve a mathematical problem. These methods can be used in optimisation problems and are an early indicator of how businesses can get computers to quickly solve numerical, staffing and logistic issues. 
At AS, you will study Core 1, Core 2 and either Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1. For A2, you will study Core 3, Core 4 and Decision 1.

Entry requirements

To study mathematics A level, you will need 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE, or equivalent, including at least a grade B in mathematics GCSE.


All of the courses have equal weighting and each is assessed by a 90 minute exam. All modules are examined in June of their respective year (three in year 12 and three in year 13). 

Future opportunities

Mathematics supports the study of a wide range of other courses at A Level and at Degree level, especially in the sciences, geography, psychology, sociology and medical courses.
Many of the ideas you will meet in the course form an essential introduction to such important modern fields of study such as cybernetics, robotics, biomechanics and sports science, as well as the more traditional areas of engineering and physics. Employers value the skills learnt through studying Mathematics A Level. 
Higher Education courses or careers that either require A level Mathematics or are strongly related include: 
  • economics
  • engineering
  • psychology
  • information technology
  • medicine
  • accountancy
  • environmental studies
  • law
  • architecture
  • teaching
  • computing

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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