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Mathematics A Level at Dormers Wells High School

Course description

The challenge of A level Mathematics is likely to appeal to students who have enjoyed
and found success in studying Mathematics at Key Stage 4. Strength in using algebra
and applying logical thinking will be necessary for higher level problem solving in topics such as Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus.
There is a significant jump from GCSE to A level Mathematics.
Students will need to show considerable determination to achieve a good grade at A level. The rigour of Mathematics is highly regarded by the top universities


Entry requirements

Preferably a grade 6 in GCSE Maths (high grade 5 equivalent to a grade B will be considered via interview). Minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English along with three further A*-C GCSE


Paper 1:
  • Pure Mathematics 1
  • Topics: Proof; Algebra and functions; Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; Sequences and series; Trigonometry; Exponentials and logarithms; Differentiation; Integration; Vectors.
  • 33.3 % of A Level
Paper 2:
  • Pure Mathematics 2
  • Topics: Proof; Algebra and functions; Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; Sequences and series; Trigonometry; Differentiation; Integration; Numerical methods.
  • 33.3% of A Level
Paper 3:
  • Statistics and Mechanics
  • Section A: Statistics
  • Topics: Statistical sampling; Data presentation and interpretation; Probability; Statistical distributions; Statistical hypothesis testing.
  • Section B: Mechanics
  • Topics: Quantities and units in mechanics; Kinematics; Forces and Newton’s laws; Moments.
  • 33.3% of A Level

Future opportunities

For those with a background in Mathematics, an unlimited number of well-paid and
rewarding career opportunities are available. Mathematics A level would be applicable for the following courses/careers:
Mathematics, engineering and most areas of physics; computing, accountancy, economics, business, banking, retail management, architecture, surveying, cartography, psychology and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dormers Wells High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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