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Mathematics A level at Oldfield School

Course description

What will I study?

The AS course is comprised of 3 units: Core Mathematics 1, Core Mathematics 2 and either Statistics 1 or Decision Mathematics 1.

Core Mathematics 1: Algebra, quadratic functions, equations and inequalities, curve sketching, coordinate geometry, sequences and calculus.

Core Mathematics 2: Algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods.

Statistics 1: Mathematical modelling, representation of data, methods of summarising data, probability, correlation and regression.

Decision Mathematics 1: Algorithms, the route inspection problem, critical path analysis, linear programming, matchings.

The A2 course is comprised of 3 units: Core Mathematics 3, Core Mathematics 4 and either Statistics 1 , Decision Mathematics 1 or Mechanics 1 depending on the unit taken at AS level.

Core Mathematics 3: Algebraic fractions, functions, exponentials and logarithms, numerical methods, trigonometry, transformations of graphs and differentiation.

Core Mathematics 4: Algebra and Functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, differentiation, integration and vectors.

Decision Mathematics 1 and Statistics 1 as above.

Mechanics 1: Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.

Entry requirements

Ideally a GCSE grade A or above but students achieving a grade B will be accepted on the recommendation of their teacher. All students will be expected to complete some work in the summer holiday, before starting the AS course.


Examination Board - Edexcel

All modules are weighted equally and comprise one third of the AS grade. Exams are taken in June.


Future opportunities

Mathematics A level leads to the study of Mathematics in its own right or as a support to many other courses, such as Science, Business Studies, Medicine and Accountancy. Careers in the financial sector e.g. Banking and Insurance often look for a mathematical qualification beyond GCSE.

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Am I suited to this course?

You would be well-suited to studying Mathematics at A level if you:

  • have a logical mind and enjoy using Mathematics to solve problems in real life situations
  • want to develop your problem solving techniques

What other subjects does it complement?

Mathematics complements a wide range of subjects. The pure elements of the course combine well with Chemistry and Physics. There are also links to other subjects including Biology, Geography, Psychology and Sociology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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