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Mathematics A Level at Preston Manor School

Course description

Maths A Level builds on the skills learnt at GCSE level and introduces new concepts and their applications. A significant part of the course is focussed on Pure Maths which is mainly expressed in Algebra. Mechanics is the application of mechanical concepts and techniques in the physical world, while statistics plays a crucial role in judging how well a mathematical model describes a real‐world problem.

Course content

Paper 1 ‐ Pure Mathematics 1

Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, expo‐ nentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and vectors

Paper 2 ‐ Pure Mathematics 2

Further investigation of the topics found in paper 1

Paper 3 ‐ Statistics and Mechanics

Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing, kinematics, forces, Newton’s laws and Moments. The modules are assessed by a 90 minute examination and all modules are of equal value.

All exams take place at the end of year 13.

Entry requirements

Grade 7 in maths GCSE. At the Head of Maths discretion, students who achieve in the top 3rd of the grade 6 boundary will be allowed to take the course.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities:

UKMT senior maths challenge (compulsory), UKMT team challenge, Cypher challenge, MAT/ STEP support high profile universities, Maths mentoring opportunities within school, running of extra‐curricular maths activities for younger year groups.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years