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Mathematics A Level at Cranbrook School

Course description

Mathematics is a popular subject for A level students at Cranbrook, but students also realise that Mathematics at this level is a demanding discipline. September 2017 saw the start of the new A-level course in Mathematics and we chose to Edexcel as our examination board.

The course comprises of Mathematics from 3 main areas: Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. Typically we have approximately 50-60 students take A2 Mathematics, some students will drop after studying the AS at the end of year 12. Students will choose to take AS or A2 Mathematics at the start of the course and for those sitting A2 Mathematics, all 3 papers will be sat at the end of year 13. The modules below are for the 2 courses, students will sit one or the other, not AS followed by A2.

The AS course (Examinations June 2019) will comprise of 2 papers.

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics, 2 hours, 66.7% of grade.

Topics include: proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors.

Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics, 33.3%, 1 hour

Topics include: Sampling, presenting and interpreting data, probability, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws.

Course content

The AS course (Examinations June 2019) will comprise of 2 papers.

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics, 2 hours, 66.7% of grade.

Topics include: proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors.

Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics, 33.3%, 1 hour

Topics include: Sampling, presenting and interpreting data, probability, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws.

The A2 course (Examinations June 2020) will comprise of 3 papers, each 2 hours long.

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1

Topics include: proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors.

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2

Topics include: proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, numerical methods.

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

Topics include: Sampling, presenting and interpreting data, probability, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces, Newton’s laws and Moments.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for any student who has a level 7, 8 or 9 in Mathematics at GCSE. The IGCSE qualification is desirable but by no means a requirement for entry to this course. It should be noted that there is a baseline test upon arrival in year 12 which will test GCSE knowledge at level 8 or 9, so any students with a level 7 may wish to spend time during the summer topping up understanding. Support to do this will be available from the department after exams. Furthermore, to help with the transition from GCSE to AS, students could study the text book “Head Start to AS Maths” from CGP Books before the start date of the AS course to help with the step in learning. The ISBN number of this bridging text is 978 1 84146 993 5.

Future opportunities

You could use this course to support entry to higher education in areas of mathematics, and related fields of study such as Electronics, Economics, Physics or other more general higher education courses.

The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and engineering sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 July 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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