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Mathematics at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

This course is available to learners enrolled at this school and learners at other schools within the Chatham Consortium.  

Why should I study Mathematics?

An A level in Mathematics opens the door to many higher education courses and careers, and students with a higher qualification in Mathematics can expect to earn more than students with a higher qualification in any other subject. However, the most important reason to study Mathematics is because you enjoy it – you love the challenges it provides and are willing to take risks even if it means you get the wrong answers! “The entire foundation of mathematical understanding is itself built on a foundation of mistakes.”

What will the course involve?

The A level will consist of 3 examinations, all 2 hours in length with 100 marks each. Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 – AS content assessed at A level standard Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 – remaining pure content Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics – Section A Statistics (50 marks), Section B Mechanics (5 marks) It is possible to take an AS in Mathematics. There are 2 papers. Paper 1, worth 100 marks is 2 hours and is the pure content for A level paper 1, but assessed at AS standard and Paper 2, worth 50 marks is 1 hour and has 2 sections, one on Statistics and one on Mechanics and these are equally weighted.

How might this course complement others?

This subject complements many other subjects. The Statistics components support Geography, Psychology, Business and Economics for example, and the Mechanics component compliments Physics. Pure maths ideas will permeate all the sciences. Mathematics is one of the most respected and valued subjects by universities.

How will this subject be useful in the future? 

Mathematics is a desired subject for many courses. With Law, for example, it demonstrates an ability to problem solve, think logically, present argument coherently and have a good eye for detail and accuracy. Mathematics can give you a route into careers such as accounting, business, psychiatry, engineering and medicine.

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: 05 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September