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Mathematics A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

A Level Mathematics is a challenging course but is becoming increasingly popular and now represents one of the largest courses in the Sixth Form. It should be taken by students who enjoy the satisfaction of pursuing and completing demanding and sophisticated mathematical problems and concepts.  There are six modules including Pure, Statistics, Mechanics and Decision options blocks. Please be aware that even good GCSE candidates will not succeed in the course without hard work and commitment. 

Course content

Pure (C1-4): Topics on algebra and functions, graphs, trigonometry, calculus and vectors.  The Pure (Core) units rely on algebraic skills and so you should enjoy thinking in abstract terms and be confident and accurate in your use of algebra. It is important to achieve a good mark in the algebra summer tasks set at the end of Year 11 and the end of Year 12 as the course relies heavily on prior knowledge.
Statistics (S1-2): Topics on data analysis, probability and hypothesis testing. The Statistics units would be a useful support to any subject involving data analysis and projects e.g. Biology, Geography, Business Studies and PE.  To do a course involving Statistics units, you should enjoy the data handling topics in GCSE, be competent at calculations, with and without a calculator, and understand the logic of probability and statistical diagrams.
Mechanics (M1-2): Topics on vectors, forces, motion and energy; they tie in very well with several Physics units.  To do a course involving Mechanics units, you should find it easy to analyse practical problems and have enjoyed the Mechanics topics in GCSE Physics. This course is an ideal partner for A Level Physics.
Decision Maths (D1-2): Topics on algorithms, linear programming, networks and game theory; these units support work in Business Studies, Management and ICT.  To do a course involving Decision Maths units, you should enjoy problem solving, be happy using diagrams and graphs to illustrate logical connections and be able to use mathematical procedures and algorithms quickly and accurately.
Modules can be combined in various ways. Students will sit three modules at the end of Year 12 and three at the end of Year 13.

Entry requirements

Hence, you will need to achieve Grade 7 or above at GCSE. 


Each unit will have an exam of 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no separate synoptic paper or coursework.

Future opportunities

If you are considering applying for medicine, then you are advised to take A Level Mathematics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September