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Mathematics, AQA at Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre

Course description

Why on earth do we need trigonometry? What has a surd got to do with anything? 
Choosing to study Mathematics at A-level will answer many questions such as these. 
Topics that may have frustrated or annoyed you will suddenly become clear. As well as greatly enhancing your CV for your future career, it will provide an enjoyable test 
of your skills and a feeling of satisfaction that not many other A-levels can offer

Course content

In the Pure Mathematics part of the course you will learn about coordinate geometry, differentiation, integration, sequences, surds and trigonometry.
In the Applied Mathematics part of the course you will learn about Statistics and Decision mathematics. If you wish to study mechanics, you will need to study the 
Further Mathematics A-level as well. 

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post 16 Centre five passes or more GCSE passes at grade C or above and a minimum of a C grade in both English Language and Mathematics.  All students will also need a B Grade GCSE in any subject they are wanting to study at A Level.  If it is a new subject for example Sociology or Psychology students must have achieved a grade B in both Mathematics and English Language. 

Students wishing to study Mathematics need at least a Grade B at GCSE.

You will also need to be confident at manipulating algebra.



You will study three modules at AS and three at A2. 
 Two of the three modules each year will be Pure Mathematics and the third will be an Applied module. 
 The applied modules consist of; mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics. 
Each of the six modules (or three for AS) is examined with 
a 1½ hour written examination.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser or Teacher. 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 financial sectors.

Further information

Please contact Mr D Gray e-mail;

or any other member of the Mathematics department.



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year, A2 2 years
  • Course code: Edexcel Mathematics 9371