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Mathematics A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

It is almost impossible to get through a day without using Maths in some way. Our world is full of numbers to handle and problems to solve. Studying maths provides students with the tools to make sense of it all. Maths is an incredibly versatile subject and fits well with virtually any combination of A Levels. The subject provides good preparation for many university courses including Medicine, Geography, Business Studies, Psychology, Architecture and Engineering.

Alison Wolf, Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College, London, has highlighted the economic returns on post16 Maths qualifications. Even after allowing for every other factor imaginable, people who took A Level Maths earn around 10% more than those who did not! This represents approximately additional earnings of £136,000 over a lifetime.

Key skills that all employers look for are problem solving, analysis, data handling and communication, all of which are developed by studying Maths. Few job titles have the words Maths or statistics in their titles but you don’t have to be called a mathematician to use Maths – in fact no matter what job students go into they will end up using their mathematical skills.

Course content

A combined curriculum of teaching units to enable students to tackle the following three papers:
Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics 1
Paper 2 – Pure Mathematics 2
Paper 3 – Statistics and Mechanics

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths. To aid transition the Maths department run a ‘Bridge’ unit which is assessed within the first week of Year 12. This will help students decide if they have chosen an appropriate course. Students are required to pass the ‘Bridge’ assessment to continue on the course.


For each teaching unit there are interim assessments. Once units are completed there is regular internal assessment using past exam questions to prepare students appropriately. Students purchase a past paper booklet. All exams are taken in June of Year 13. There is no coursework.

Further information

Students are invited to participate in the Senior Maths Challenge which is an individual event. We also participate in the Dorset Team Maths Challenge which is a multi-round event and the Girls Olympiad.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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