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Mathematics AS & A Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

The A Level Mathematics Course is aimed at students who wish to further their study in Maths and who show mathematical ability.

The course is demanding and requires commitment from all students.

Here at Bishop Douglass school, the Maths department provide many different pathways in A level Maths and also aim to cater for individuals who wish to follow a non-standard route.

In Year 12 you can do: 

  • AS Maths or 
  • AS & A2 Maths [2 option blocks] ie the whole A Level in 1 year or 
  • A2 Maths (if you have passed C1 and C2)

In Year 13 you can do: 

  • A2 Maths [1 option block] or 
  • A2 Maths and AS Further Maths [2 option blocks] or 
  • AS Further Maths (but only if you have done the whole A level in Yr12) or 
  • AS and A2 Further Maths [2 option blocks] – but only if you did the whole A Level in Year 12.

Course content

Mathematics is a highly regarded A Level which complements science based subjects and offers a broad balance to arts based students. It requires a high degree of commitment in students from the start of Year 12.

A Level Mathematics deepens your understanding of the natural world. We study networks, graphs and algorithms – decision maths We go from statistical analysis to predicting outcomes – statistics. We model real life, practical scenarios and calculate results – mechanics. Crucially, we abstract concepts from theoretical problems which develop algebraic ability – pure mathematics. The course gives you the techniques required for other disciplines as well as a solid foundation for further mathematical study.

There is no coursework element. For the AS you will study two pure modules and mechanics. You will study two pure modules and decision maths for the A2. Students choose the modules for Further Maths.

Students will be involved in problem solving and discussion which is aimed to develop an analytical understanding of the mathematical concepts required. This will be done through a combination of task-focused teaching and practice using both text book and ICT sources.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C with at least a Grade A/B In Higher Maths.

It is strongly recommended that you achieve a Grade A before opting to take this course.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities are many and varied including: Accountancy, actuarial work, architecture, astronomy, banking, computing, economics, engineering, medicine, market research, quantity surveying and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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