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Mathematics at Derby High School

Course description

Mathematics is a versatile subject that combines particularly well with the sciences. However, it is equally beneficial when studied alongside any of the subjects available at AS level. The study of the subject throughout the school develops logical thinking, and this is maintained in the Sixth Form. . .The Mathematics AS course follows the Edexcel specification and consists of three units. There is no coursework for this qualification, and each of the three units is equally weighted. .Two of the units are C1 and C2 (Core 1 and Core 2). These are the core units, which develop the mathematics met at GCSE to a higher level. The main subject areas in these units are algebra, calculus, coordinate geometry and trigonometry.The third unit is M1 (Mechanics 1). This is the applied part of the course, where students use techniques learnt in C1 and C2 to solve problems linked with the real world. Topics met in this unit include the motion of particles, equilibrium of rigid bodies and the study of forces.The A2 course, studied in the Upper Sixth involves two further core units, C3 and C4, in addition to the subsequent mechanics unit, M2. All three units are examined in the summer term. To be able to complete the course with a reasonable chance of success, it is necessary for students to have entered the Higher Tier at GCSE and preferably passed at grade A* or A. It is not necessary for students to be in set 1 at GCSE. The most important trait for students is the ability to work accurately and logically.

Entry requirements

Seven full GCSE passes (including English and Maths) at Grade B or above with at least a B in those subjects that the student wishes to study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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