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Mathematics, A Level at The Marsh Academy

Course description

Advanced Supplementary Mathematics provides a body of learning not only
for the specialist in mathematics, but also to satisfy the needs of those whose
main interests lie in other scientific or commercial areas.
The course integrates both traditional and modern ideas, providing a smooth
progression into new subject areas by development of the mathematical
concepts previously learned. Although a significant number of students take
mathematics alongside scientific subjects, increasingly, those studying Arts,
Humanities and Languages are opting to take Mathematics to complement
their studies.

Course content

The A Level Mathematics course is made up of 3 modules, Pure Mathematics
1, Pure Mathematics 2 and a combined Statistics and Mechanics module.
Pure Mathematics 1 and 2 – These units are assessed at the end of two years
by sitting written exams. Students will be examined on Proofs, Algebra and
functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and series,
Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration,
Numerical methods and Vectors. Paper 1 and Paper 2 may contain questions
on any topics from the Pure Mathematics content.
Statistics and Mechanics – This unit is assessed at the end of two years by
sitting a written exam. Students will be examined on:
Statistics; Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation,
Probability, Statistical distributions and Statistical hypothesis testing.
Mechanics; Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and
Newton’s laws and Moments. Paper 3 will contain questions on topics from
the Statistics content in Section A and Mechanics content in Section B.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.


Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (*Paper code: 9MA0/01) – 33.33% of A Level
Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (*Paper code: 9MA0/02) – 33.33% of A Level
Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (*Paper code: 9MA0/03) – 33.33% of A Level

Future opportunities

Due to its diverse and challenging nature, Mathematics is recognised by
colleges, employers and institutes of higher and further education as a major
asset in a student’s educational profile. Within school we acknowledge that
many, but not all, students will go on to study Mathematics or a related
subject at university level. Therefore, the courses are taught by a variety of
methods and techniques. These include relevant and motivating examples,
which are solved by class participation and individual study. Emphasis is
placed on developing manipulative, modelling, logical reasoning, problem
solving, graphical and verbal communication skills.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September