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Mathematics A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Thetford Grammar School

Course description

Mathematics is Important. Mathematics is a universal part of human culture. It is the tool and language of commerce, engineering, physics, computing, biology, medicine, economics – the list goes on and on. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us. Mathematics plays a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life. Without mathematics our world would be a very different place indeed.

Mathematics is Diverse. Mathematics is extremely diverse. It spans the centuries and celebrates the writings and discoveries of many people from across the globe. It has an unparalleled ability to describe and make sense of the world around us, from the sub-atomic world to space and beyond. It is the tool which enables our doctors and nurses to function effectively and it is the mechanism that drives all of our business and financial transactions. It is the key element that enables our modern age to move forward.

Mathematics has Good Career Prospects. Analytical and quantitative skills are sought by a wide range of employers. A GCSE in Mathematics provides you with a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. This leads to careers and opportunities that are exciting, challenging and diverse in nature.

Mathematics is Exciting. Mathematics is an exciting and challenging subject which continues to develop at a rapid rate across many research areas. It has a natural elegance and beauty. Taking a real world problem and applying mathematical models to aid understanding is often hugely satisfying and rewarding.

Course content

The AS level builds upon the techniques from GCSE and extends them. You will study two “Core” modules and one “Applied” module. GCSE topics that are significantly extended include Trigonometry and Algebra, whilst fundamental new ideas include Calculus and Logarithms, for instance.

The A2 level builds upon the work covered in AS. As with AS, two “Core” and one “Applied” module constitute the award. New ideas, such as different types of functions (e.g. modular, composite) and the transcendental number “e” are introduced whilst Trigonometry, Vectors and Calculus are extended, amongst other things.

Entry requirements

A minimum GCSE Grade B in Mathematics.
Further Mathematicians should have an A* at GCSE.


Assessment is through modular examinations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 June 2015

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