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Mathematics with Decision AS and A Level at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

Mathematics with Decision is very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at Advanced GCE and degree level, especially in computing and managerial courses. It is particularly useful in business to maximise profits, for use with algorithms on hand held devices and logistics.

Course content

A level Mathematics is both challenging and interesting. It will build on the Algebra work you met at GCSE but will also involve new ideas such as differentiation and integration.

You will be expected to:
• Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems
• Present mathematical arguments
• Model real-life situations
• Use calculator technology and other resources appropriately

The three modules taken for AS are:
• Core Mathematics 1 (Indices and surds, polynomials, co-ordinate geometry and graphs, differentiation)
• Core Mathematics 2 (Trigonometry, sequences and series, algebra and integration, numerical methods)
• Decision 1 (Algorithms, networks, critical path analysis and linear programming)

The three modules taken for A Level are:

• Core Mathematics 3 (Algebra and functions, trigonometry, differentiation and
integration, numerical methods)
• Core Mathematics 4 (Algebra and graphs, differentiation and integration, differential equations, vectors)
• Decision 2 (Transportation problems, allocation, networks, linear programming,
game theory and dynamic programming)

Entry requirements

A*/A in GCSE Mathematics recommended (or very high B from the Higher Tier).


The modules of the course are assessed purely by written examinations. Each module is equally weighted, with each exam lasting 1hr 30mins. Core 1 is a non-calculator paper. Core Mathematics 1, Core Mathematics 2, Decision 1 are assessed in Year 12. Core Mathematics 3, Core Mathematics 4, Decision 2 are assessed in Year 13.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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