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Mathematics AS & A Level at Hampstead School

Course description

A level mathematics focuses on three main areas. In Year 12 you will study:

  • Pure mathematics which constitutes approximately two thirds of the course, including proof, algebra, functions, graphs, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, calculus and vectors.
  • Statistics and mechanics which constitute the remaining 1/3 of the course. In statistics you will study sampling, presenting and interpreting data, probability and the binomial distribution, and hypothesis testing. In mechanics you will study modelling, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws of motion in one dimension.

In Year 13, you will build on and deepen your knowledge of the topics covered in Year 12 alongside the additional topics of numerical methods in pure mathematics, the normal distribution in statistics, and moments and projectiles, along with working in two dimensions, in mechanics.

This is the first year of the new A level mathematics, and examination details have not yet been finalised by the exam boards. However, the content for A level mathematics is 100% prescribed, so each exam board will follow the same content.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take mathematics A level should have a grade 6 at GCSE level or a grade 5 will be permitted if there are spaces available in the groups. You should also be confident with all the algebra in GCSE mathematics as these are integral parts of the A level. You should have an interest in problem solving and learning new mathematical concepts. Mathematics is a useful A level to complement an interest in Science and Technology, but can also be studied alongside arts subjects to give breadth to the subjects you study.

Future opportunities

After studying Mathematics A level you will have the skills to enter many different sectors. You will have the analytic skills to enter sectors such as finance, technology or engineering, particularly if you are studying it alongside relevant subjects. It will demonstrate that you have the ability to learn difficult concepts quickly and apply them to new topics to solve problems. However, the skills you will gain from Mathematics are recognised and respected across all sectors, and students equally go into sectors such as media, law or advertising.

Mathematics A level is extremely well respected by universities. It will be a prerequisite for degrees such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering and computer science. However, it will also be extremely useful preparation for degrees in other science subjects such as biology, psychology and Medicine.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 January 2017
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