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A Level Mathematics at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School

Course description

Year 12 Maths

Module C1 – Pure Maths 1
Algebra and functions, sequences and series, coordinate geometry, differentiation and integration.

Module C2 – Pure Maths 2
As C1, plus trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms.

Module S1 – Statistics 1
Representing and summarising data, probability, correlation and regression, distribution.

Year 12 Further Maths (in addition to the above modules)

Module D1 – Decision Maths 1
Algorithms, graphs and networks, critical path analysis, linear programming and matchings.

Module S2 – Statistics 2
Binomial and Poisson distributions, normal approximations, populations and samples and hypothesis testing.

Module FP1 – Further Pure Maths 1
Equations, inequalities, complex numbers and matrices.

Year 13 Maths

Module C3 – Pure Maths 3
Algebra and functions, coordinate geography, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods.

Module C4 – Pure Maths 4
As C3, plus sequences and series, integration and vectors.

Module M1 – Mechanics 1
Kinematics, dynamics, statics, moments and vectors.

Year 13 Further Maths (in addition to the above modules)

Module D2 — Decision Maths 2
Further linear programming, cost matrix reduction, travelling salesman problem and game theory.

Module FP2 — Further Pure 2
First and second order differential equations, further complex numbers and coordinate systems.

Module M2—Mechanics 2
Kinematics, centres of mass, work, energy and power, collisions, statics of rigid bodies.

Entry requirements

For A level Maths, students will need at least a Grade B at GCSE. All pupils are required to attend the “Introduction to AS Mathematics” lesson, which will take place during the Sixth Form Induction Day at the end of June 2015. All pupils are required to complete the “Head Start to AS Maths” work book as preparation for the AS course. This strengthens the A / A* material in the GCSE syllabus which is an essential prerequisite of the course.

Further Maths is offered as an extra AS level, with the option to continue to A2 in Year 13. Students will need an A* Grade to study this because it is an accelerated course; completing six modules at the end of the first year, instead of three. Therefore, at the end of Year 12, students will gain an AS level in Maths and an AS level in Further Maths.


Year 12 Course Outline (leading to Maths AS level)
Three modules. C1, C2 and S1 are examined in June.

Alternative Year 12 Course Outline (leading to Maths AS level and Further Maths AS level)
Six modules. C1, C2, D1, S1, S2 and FP1 are examined in June.

Year 13 Course Outline (leading to Maths A2 level)
Three modules. C3, C4 and M1 are examined in June.

Alternative Year 13 Course Outline (leading to Maths A2 level and Further Maths A2 level)
Six modules. C3, C4, D2, M1, M2 and FP2 are examined in June.

An average mark of 80% at AS level represents a Grade A, 70% is a Grade B, 60% is a Grade C, 50% a Grade D and 40% an E Grade. An A* Grade is available with an average mark of 90% at A2 level with a compulsory minimum of 90% in C3 and in C4.

Future opportunities

Students studying A level Maths are widely recognised as going on to earn a higher than average salary. Career opportunities include engineering, teaching, accountancy, insurance, actuarial work and business. However, the skills developed in Maths lend themselves very well to many and varied jobs; analytical skills, problem solving skills, communication skills, etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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    • Welcome to our Sixth Form at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School.  I hope that you will enjoy reading our prospectus.  It will give you a flavour of what we offer, but we hope that you will come and meet our students and staff so that you can get a real sense of what the QE Sixth Form offers.
      The school and the Sixth Form were inspected by Ofsted in March 2014 and I was pleased that the Sixth Form was judged to be ‘good’ and a strength of the school.  We are proud to be a comprehensive Sixth Form and proud of the progress that our pupils make, irrespective of their prior attainment at GCSE.
      This means that pupils who have done well at GCSE are likely to achieve very high grades, whilst pupils who have done less well can also flourish, provided they are prepared to work hard. We do not have such high proportions of top grades as selective schools and Sixth Form colleges because we admit a wide range of students. Able students achieve very well, but girls who did less well at GCSE still achieve success at A level. This is reflected in the very high ‘value added’ measures achieved consistently year after year.
      Our priorities are:

      • High achievement for all.
      • Enabling every student to fulfil her potential.
      • Development of self-confidence and the personal and teamwork skills which will enable each individual to succeed in all aspects of 21st Century life.

      Our success in this is reflected in the school’s strong examination results.  Most of our students go on to university and the destinations list is impressive.  Ofsted confirmed that attainment is good.  Students are also supported to pursue other routes which are increasingly available in today’s workplace such as modern apprenticeships.  Students across the ability range achieve considerable success in our Sixth Form and our value added outcomes have been ‘outstanding’ for well over 10 years which few schools in the country can equal.
      This is helped by outstanding teaching, pastoral support and guidance on higher education and careers. There is an ethos of hard work and achievement, but students enjoy their time in the Sixth Form and contribute much to enrich school life for the whole community.
      QEGS Sixth Form exists to cater for the diverse needs of students entering post-16 education.

      We aim:

      • To provide a wide range of courses to meet your needs.
      • To provide individual support and guidance to ensure each and every one of you takes full advantage of the rich educational and social opportunities on offer.
      • To enable you to develop as independent, confident and responsible adults, qualified and equipped for your chosen career.
      • To provide guidance and support to enable you to progress to the university of your choice.

      Always remember that Sixth Form courses are intended to give you more career and educational options when you finish than you had at the start of the course.  BUT you will not improve your level of achievement without hard work!