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Mathematics A Level at Shirley High School Performing Arts College

Course description

This course aims to develop the ability to apply mathematical skills and techniques in other subjects and to lay foundations for the further study of mathematics and other disciplines. Pure Mathematics is core to Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A- Level.

This will extend the student’s knowledge of algebra and trigonometry and they will be introduced to new ideas such as calculus. Students will also study applications of mathematics and statistics. In Statistics, students will learn how to analyse data and draw conclusions from it, using probability and other concepts. In Mechanics, students learn how motion and forces affect objects.

In Year 12 and Year 13 Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics are all studied. In the New Specification taught from 2017, these are equivalent to the previous C1-C4 and S1/M1 content.

Course content

Year 12: A-level Year 1 – Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics

Year 13:  A-level Year 2 – Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics

Entry requirements

Grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics is required. If students have achieved a grade 6 at GCSE and wish to enrol for this course, then they will need a recommendation from their current mathematics teacher.

When qualifying to study A level subjects we will accept a ‘5’ as the equivalent grade for the new GCSE 1-9 measure for English and Maths. Most A level courses require a ‘B’ which is the equivalent of a ‘6’. BTEC Level 2 qualifications will only be counted in place of one GCSE subject. This is because they are not considered to have the required breadth of study necessary for the demands of a varied combination of A level subjects. To be eligible for the BTEC level Three courses the applicant would have to achieved five GCSEs at a ‘4’.



Exam Board: Edexcel

The course is 100% exam assessed at the end of Year 13. There are three exams, two papers covering Pure Mathematics and one on Mechanics and Statistics. Each exam is two hours long and worth an equally-weighted 100marks (i.e. each paper is worth third of the final grade).

There is no coursework requirement.

Future opportunities

Success in mathematics is an indication of the ability to think logically and to deal with abstract generalisations. Mathematics can complement almost any choice of subjects and is looked at favourably in applications for Higher Education courses.

A Level mathematics is essential for the study of engineering, physics, and mathematics at degree level and is related to, or strongly recommend for chemistry, medicine, economics, architecture, accountancy, teaching, computing, information technology, philosophy, psychology and many other fields of study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shirley High School Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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