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Mathematics A level at Queen Katharine Academy

Course description

Mathematics is a vast subject studying numbers, quantities, shape, space, their relationships, and a lot more. It attempts to describe this world as accurately and rigorously as possible, and thus is widely regarded as “the most precise human language”. The subject has got a huge number of fields and branches, and is fundamental to much of science and technology nowadays. By the end of the course, a successful student will have developed solid foundations in basic mathematical concepts and ideas, calculation skills, and problem-solving techniques necessary for higher education, further personal studies or careers.

Mathematics A Level will develop students understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. Students will extend their range of skills and techniques and use them in more difficult and unstructured problems. Students will develop and understanding of coherence and progression in mathemetics and of how different ares of mathematics can be connected.

Course content

The course is made up of 3 units in year 1:

Core 1: Unit looks at algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane, sequences and series, differentiation and integration.

Core 2: Unit looks at algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation and integration.

Statistics 1: Unit looks at mathematical models in probability and statistics, representation and summary of data, probaility, correlation and regression, discrete distributions and the Normal distribution.


Entry requirements

You need to have a achieved a B grade minimum at GCSE in Mathematics to start A Level Maths.


There will be 3 examinations each worth 33.33% of the available marks in year 1. Each exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.  The exams take place in May and June.

As identified above the exams are Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1


Future opportunities

A Level Maths could lead to a variety of degree courses involving mathematics with many employment opportunities including: Accountancy, Architecture, Banking, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, ICT and computers, Insurance, Medicine and Health, Operational Reserach, Psychology and Teaching.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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