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Mathematics A Level at Ursuline High School

Course description

For the suitable candidate, Mathematics is a valuable A Level qualification which has become increasing desirable in recent years as a support subject in areas such as Science, Geography, Economics and Business Studies. The whole of the linear course content is compulsory without any options for choice. Two-thirds of the course content is pure mathematics and onethird content is applied mathematics. The applied mathematics content consists of half statistics and half mechanics.

The pure mathematics content includes algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, calculus, vectors and proofs. The statistics content includes statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing. The mechanics content includes kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.

Course content

- A strong skill set of algebraic manipulation is essential to the development of skills from GCSE to A Level

- Applied content makes use of mathematical techniques within contextualised problem solving situations.

- Mechanics includes the study of motion, force, momentum and kinematics

- Statistics includes the study of probability, statistical diagrams, correlation and measures of average. The Edexcel pre-released large data set (LDS) containing real data is used during the course to enable students to become familiar with it as some of the exam questions are based on the LDS.

- Use of ICT is an integral part of the course, particularly in the statistics content

- Real-life modelling is an integral part of the course


A-Level Mathematics is examined in three papers of equal weighting at the end of Year 13. A calculator is allowed in all three exam papers

Paper 1: 2 hours – 100 marks – Pure mathematics content assessed at A level standard

Paper 2: 2 hours – 100 marks – Remaining pure mathematics content

Paper 3: 2 hours –100 marks – statistics and mechanics content from both years split into two sections. Section A: Statistics (50 marks); Section B: Mechanics (50 marks)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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