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Mathematics A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

A level Mathematics is taught mainly by exposition by the teacher, although students will be expected to contribute to class discussions of new topics. A significant part of the course will be in keeping up with the homework tasks, normally set after each lesson, consisting of exercises from the textbook. Much of the course involves problem-solving, and students will need to demonstrate perseverance in order to succeed.

Course content

Single Maths students complete a compulsory core of four modules in Core Mathematics and then choose to specialise in either Mechanics or Statistics for their remaining two modules. There is a new qualification called Pure Mathematics (A2). This consists of modules C1 – C4, FP1 and either FP2 or FP3, with the AS in Pure Mathematics consisting of modules C1 – C3.

Core Mathematics: This consists of Algebra, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, and Calculus. Some of the topics are an extension of the GCSE course, whilst much of it is new. These form 4 of the 6 modules studied at A level.

Mechanics: This is the study of forces. This course complements Physics well. The two main aspects of Mechanics are Dynamics (moving objects) and Statics (stationary objects).

Statistics: This course is an extension of the work covered at GCSE and is mainly concerned with the analysis of data, as well as the study of elementary Probability Theory.

Decision Mathematics: This new field mainly looks at algorithms for solving “everyday” practical problems. Some of the topics include Sorting, Graph Theory, Linear Programming and Critical Path Analysis. These areas have a wide application from Computer Studies to areas of Management.

Entry requirements

Grade A in Maths is preferred in order to study Maths at A Level, but those who achieve a grade B will be offered the chance to sit our higher level GCSE skills test on our enrolment day just prior to the start of term in order to show that they have the skills needed to access the A Level course. Lots of revision resources to support this are available on our website.

Assessment

Exam for each unit.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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