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Mathematics at Blackfen School for Girls

Course description

Develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment.  Develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs.  Extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems .  Develop an understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected. Recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and under standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved. Use mathematics as an effective means of communication.  Read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of mathematics.  Acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers  ffectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations. Develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general. 


Course content

AS: The AS syllabus comprises of three teaching units these are Core 1 (non- calculator) Core 2 and the applications unit Statistics 1.

A2: The A2 in Mathematics must comprise of six units (three studied at AS). The units covered at A2 are Core 3, Core 4 and the applications unit Decision 1.


Entry requirements

Students need to gain an A or A* grade in GCSE Mathematics


AS: 3 written papers each worth 33.3% of the AS marks and 16.67% of the A2 marks. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes. All examination papers have 75 marks.  A2: 3written papers each paper is worth 16.67% of the A2 marks. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes. All examination papers have 75 marks.


Future opportunities

Throughout the AS and A-level Mathematics course, students are encouraged to think logically and analytically. These  fundamental mathematics skills are useful across all kinds of disciplines and careers.  A-level Mathematics is a good choice for students considering higher education in any science or mathematics-based course, ranging from Biochemical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medical Science and Psychology to Philosophy, Economics, Accountancy, Management and Actuarial Science. Career opportunities for students who study A-level Mathematics include: industry, accountancy, finance, economics, healthcare, medicine, veterinary science and engineering.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackfen School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years