LINEAR A LEVEL COURSE CONTENT
The course content consists of pure (2 exams) and applied (1 exam) maths. The pure content will be covered over two papers; the material for the first will be covered in year 12 and the second paper will be more advanced content mostly covered in year 13. This will build on the skills covered in GCSE mathematics. The applied paper will be split into mechanics and statistics and will be covered over both years.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?
GCSE 5 grades 9-4 plus GCSE Mathematics grade 7 or above.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Mathematics is useful in all areas of life but is also fascinating in its own right; mathematics looks at some of the world’s most intricate and exciting problems and at A Level you get the tools to approach them at a higher level. A Level mathematics supplies students with logic and critical thinking skills and will be useful and exciting regardless of where it is taken.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?
Logic, proof and problem solving skills will be developed along with mathematical reasoning skills. All the understanding gained from GCSE will be built on, which will enable further progression into mathematics based applications.
HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE AND WHEN DO I TAKE THEM?
Year 13: 3 exams (2 pure and 1 applied) will be taken at the end of year 13.
Be aware – if you take this subject you will need to take a test in the first week of September and attend a day at school in July to prepare for it!
WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?
Mathematics is useful for all careers and university courses but will be particularly useful for courses such as psychology, geography, business studies and economics, and is vital if you are going to study a Science or engineering at University. Courses such as the sciences and medicine will require mathematics A level for entry.
IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?