# Mathematics A Level at Gordon's School

## Course description

The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at end of Year 13

AS Level Mathematics:

Elements of Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Year 12). Students will study elements of pure mathematics (proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry,sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration,
and vectors), and elements of statistics and mechanics. The exam consists of two papers; Paper 1 is a two-hour exam in pure mathematics, and Paper 2 is a one-hour exam in statistics and mechanics.

A Level Mathematics:

Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Year 13).

Students will study elements of pure mathematics (proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, further differentiation and integration, and vectors), and elements
of statistics and mechanics.

All students completing the A Level in Mathematics must sit three exams at the end of Year 13, regardless of whether they were tested at the end of Year 12. The final exam consists of three papers, all at A Level standard; Papers 1 and 2 are two 2-hour exams in pure mathematics and Paper 3 is a two-hour exam in statistics and mechanics.

## Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1. A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

AND

2. The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:

Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic

requirements not being met.

## Assessment

Exam Papers Y12

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics

66.6%

Written examination: 2 hours, 100 marks

Paper 2: Statistics and Mathematics

33.3%

Written examination: 1 hours, 50 marks

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1

33.3%

Written examination: 2 hours, 100 marks

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2

33.3%

Written examination: 2 hours, 100 marks

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

33.3%

Written examination: 2 hours, 100 marks

## Further information

WIDER READING

- A Mathematician’s Apology by G.H. Hardy (CUP, 1992)

- Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh

- The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy (Harper-Collins, 2003)

- Mathematics: a very short introduction by Timothy Gowers (CUP, 2002)

- Archimedes’ Revenge by P. Hoffman (Penguin, 1991)

- Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman by R.P. Feynman (Arrow Books, 1992)

- Solving Mathematical Problems by Terence Tao (OUP, 2006)

- The Pleasures of Counting by T.W. K¨orner (CUP, 1996)

- Advanced Problems in Mathematics by S.T.C. Siklos (1996 and 2003)

- Yet Another Introduction to Analysis by V. Bryant (CUP, 1990)

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.