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Mathematics A Level at De Montfort School

Course description

You will study six modules across the two years of study, three in Year 12 and three in Year 13. Four modules are compulsory with you having a choice of the applied options you take.

Year 12

Compulsory Modules

  • Core 1: This module builds on knowledge gained at GCSE looking at such things as; coordinate geometry, surds, arithmetic progressions, simultaneous equations, transformations of graphs and introducing the topic of calculus.
  • Core 2: This module builds on and develops the skills learnt in Core 1 as well as introducing new topics, such as; geometric progressions, sectors, arcs and radians, trigonometry as well as developing greater skills with calculus.

Optional Modules

  • Statistics 1: This module builds on the statistics covered at GCSE looking at such things as; measures of position and dispersion, displaying data, PMCC, regression, probability and distributions.
  • Mechanics 1: This module introduces the mathematics of motion and links well with Physics, in mechanics you will look at; statics, kinematics, vectors, dynamics and moments.

Year 13

Compulsory Modules

  • Core 3: This module builds on and develops the skills learnt in Core 2 as well as exploring other topics, such as; exponentials and logs, trigonometry, numerical methods and further differentiation.
  • Core 4: This module builds on and develops the skills in Core 3 as well as the introduction of new concepts, such as; partial fractions, parametric equations, binomial expansions as well as further differentiation and integration.

Optional Modules

  • Mechanics 2: This module is only for students who studied Mechanics 1 in Year 12 and builds on the skills learnt, looking at topics such as; work and energy, centres of mass, collisions and statics of rigid bodies.
  • Decision1: This module explores the mathematics of computing and algorithms, looking at topics such as; Sorting algorithms, route inspection, critical path analysis, matchings and linear programing.

Entry requirements

We will be requiring students to have obtained a Grade 7 to be considered for A Level Mathematics. You will need to be hard working and organised. Successful mathematics students have a desire to understand the subject further and have great perseverance and drive.


Each module is assessed at the end of the year with a 1 hour 30 minute exam. Each examination can award up to 100 marks with your grades for both the AS and A2 qualifications coming from your total marks for three and six modules respectively.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is one of the most highly regarded A Levels and top of the list of sort after qualifications for both employers and universities. All avenues are open to you with an A Level in Mathematics, but the more common paths include the following: finance and accounting, business management, medicine, engineering, teaching and law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Montfort School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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