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Mathematics AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

Lessons involve much discussion work and the occasional use of computer software and graphic calculators.

Students are expected to make notes from worked examples and informal discussions. Practice of Mathematical skills is essential and so homework is regularly set. Alongside class-work this should make up a total of at least 8 hours of Mathematical study per week.

Course content

We follow the AQA syllabus. The course contains six modules : two Applied and four Pure

Decision-Includes Networks and applications and Linear Programming.

Statistics-Includes probability, correlation and regression and Mathematical modelling using the Binomial and Normal Distribution.

Four Pure Mathematics modules-The ‘Traditional’ elements of Mathematics including Algebraic Manipulation, Trigonometric Ratios, Co-ordinate Geometry, use of Logarithms and Exponential.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have a grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics. In order to be successful students must be willing to openly discuss ideas and problems with staff and each other.

In addition to this they may need to read around the subject and check through work, seeking further explanation if necessary.


All modules are equally weighted and assessed by an examination lasting 90 minutes.

Three modules, two pure and one applied, examined in the Summer.

Core 1 is a non-calculator paper.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a highly prestigious A Level in its own right and will be valued by admission tutors regardless of the course applied for. It is also required to proceed with the study of Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or Physical Science related subjects. Prospective employers also hold the qualification in high regard.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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