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Mathematics A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

“If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.”

Galileo Galilei

At A level there are three areas of study:

Pure Mathematics – through working out puzzles, problems, drawings or facts students address new ways of working things out, and tackle questions such as; How do you work out the gradient of a curve or square root negative numbers?

Mechanics – through finding mathematical models of the real world students answer questions like; why must you lean inward when you cycle around a corner and what is the best way to throw a javelin?

Statistics – trying to find, and justify, answers to questions such as can you tell Pepsi from Coke? Students analyse data in order to decide whether results are significant or not.

Course content

This course consists of 6 modules. Four Core Mathematics (Pure Mathematics), one Mechanics and one Statistics.

The following topics will be covered in both AS and the A Level course.

  • Core Mathematics – Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences; Differentiation; Integration; Trigonometry.
  • Mechanics – Vectors; Kinematics, Dynamics and Statics of a particle; Moments.
  • Statistics – Probability; Representation of Data; Correlation and Regression; Discrete Random Variables; Discrete Distributions; Normal Distribution.

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.


There are 6, equally weighted, written papers. Each paper is 1.5 hours.

Core Mathematics papers 1 to 4 (Core Mathematics 1 is a non-calculator paper). Mechanics 1 and Statistics 1.

Future opportunities

A Level Mathematics supports the progression into further education, training or employment in a variety of disciplines. Examples of careers which are supported by A Level Mathematics include Finance, Computing, Engineering, Statistics and Research.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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