A Level Mathematics

 SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTSGrade 6 at GCSE mathematics is required. We will give all students a baseline test at the start of Year 12 to check that they have completed the required skills practice over the summer.
 CONTENT OF COURSEAll students will be assessed on a knowledge of pure mathematics, some statistics and some mechanics.
 EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTSAssessment is drawn from the pure mathematics syllabus, a statistics syllabus and a mechanics syllabus with calculators being required for all assessment.

The A level course is assessed by three examinations papers, each lasting two hours and providing one third of the total marks, and consisting of a range of problems from multiple choice and single step to multi-step problems,

Paper One
covers the pure mathematics topics: proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and numerical methods.

Paper Two
can assess any of the paper one content, but will also include questions on vectors, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces, Newton's laws and moments.

Paper Three
can also assess any on paper one content, but will also include questions on statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing.
 SKILLS, LINKS AND PROGRESSIONMathematics qualifications at advanced level are highly regarded for entry into higher education and by employers in all walks of life. Mathematics can be studies alongside a range of other subjects. The mechanics components support physics and also provide a sound base for engineering degree courses, whereas the statics components are excellent support for all of the social and physical sciences.