Mathematics A Level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
If you feel that you have been successful at GCSE, find the subject a stimulating challenge or have aspirations beyond school that may require some Mathematics beyond GCSE, this is the course for you. It is recommended that you do not take Mathematics in the Sixth Form unless you have at least a grade A in GCSE Mathematics. However, each individual case is treated on its merits and a few students with B grades have coped with the course in Year 12.
Essentially, many of the themes from GCSE (such as algebra, geometry, vectors and trigonometry) are developed and a major new area, calculus, is introduced. As well as studying these so-called “pure” Mathematics ideas, you have the option of taking Statistics (the analysis of data and probability) or Mechanics (how things move and interact with each other).
We follow the OCR syllabus. Six units are taken in total – pure unit C1 (“C” for “Core”), C2 and either S1 (Statistics) or M1 (Mechanics). These units are examined in the summer of Year 12. C3, C4 and either S2 or M2 are taken in June of the Year 13. There is no coursework.
There are some traditional combinations, such as the Sciences, that are popular. Students choosing Biology, Geography, or any other subject in which data is analysed, may find Statistics useful whereas Physicists (velocity and forces) and those taking Technology (forces) may prefer Mechanics.
Additionally, Mathematics sits very well on its own and is a good choice for those looking to widen their portfolio.
Taking Mathematics at A Level leaves most options open at University. In recent years mathematicians from QEGS have gone on to study engineering, accountancy, architecture and medicine (as well as mathematics itself!) but others have moved on to areas in which Mathematics is less obviously useful, such as law, modern languages and English.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.