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Mathematics A level at Harris Academy Merton

Course description

4 units Core 1 - Core 4

and 2 optional units from:

  • Statistics 1,2,3,4
  • Mechanics 1,2,3,4,5
  • Decision 1,2

In Core Mathematics students will extend their knowledge of GCSE topics such as Algebra and Trigonometry as well as learning new topics such as Calculus.

In Mechanics students will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them.

In Statistics students will learn a range of methods aimed at sampling, representing and interpreting sets of data.  Students will also study Probability and Hypothesis Testing.

In Decision Mathematics students will learn how to solve a range of problems involving networks.  A range of Algorithms will enable such problems to be solved.

Entry requirements

Standard Sixth Form Entry Requirements:

  • To study 4 A levels: must have average GCSE points score of 52+
  • To study 3 A levels: must have 7 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects
  • To study 3 A levels/vocational combination: must have 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or Merit or above in Vocational subjects
  • To study vocational level 3 subjects: 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a merit/C/4 grade in a relevant vocational qualification or GCSE
  • Extended writing A level subject students will need a combination of at least grades 4 and 5 in English Language and English Literature

Subject specific requirements:

Students require a grade B or above in Mathematics GCSE, to take Mathematics AS Level. Students with a B in GCSE Mathematics will need to pass an Algebra test in order to take the AS qualification.  Students who achieve an A or above in GCSE Mathematics will not need to sit the Algebra test.

Successful completion of AS Mathematics with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Mathematics


All of the units are examined by 1 hour 30 minute examination papers during the Summer Examination period.

Throughout the academic year students are formally assessed 6 times.  These ALIS Assessment Tasks will be based on mock and actual examination questions.

Future opportunities

A Level Mathematics is a much sought after and highly respected qualification, which can open doors to a wide range of Higher Education courses and rewarding careers.  Higher Education courses that require A Level Mathematics include Economics, Teaching, Medicine, Psychology, Architecture, Science and Accountancy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Merton directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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