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Mathematics A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

The course covers a wide area of Pure Mathematics including Calculus, Trigonometry and Algebra and looks at applying these skills in Statistics and Mechanics. Pure Mathematics is assessed in the Core elements of the course and will be studied alongside the Applied units of Statistics and Mechanics. Students need to enjoy problem solving and must be prepared to work with thoroughness to arrive at solutions. A sound understanding of Algebra is essential.

Course content

The linear course will cover a wide range of Pure Mathematics topics. These will include proof, algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration and Numerical methods. The Applied modules will cover areas of Mechanics and Statistics. Topics will include Vectors, Kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Probability, Statistical Distributions and Hypothesis Testing.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language


At the end of Year 13 there will be three two hour papers for the students to complete. Paper 1 will cover the Pure elements of the syllabus and Papers 2 & 3 will be a mix of Pure and Applied Mathematics.

Future opportunities

A level Mathematics is always seen as a strong qualification and desirable for a career in most science and business areas. Accountancy, banking, engineering, medicine and teaching are examples of the careers being pursued by some of our former students.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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    • By Road: From M25 Junction 4, take A21 towards Bromley. After approximately 4 miles turn right onto A232 Crofton Road . Continue for ½ mile and turn right into Mada Road. Turn right again at the end of the road and then immediately left.

      By Rail: Orpington Railway Station is approximately 7 minutes by taxi.

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