Mathematics A Level

Overview

At A Level students will study core mathematics which develops the ideas met at GCSE, such as Algebra, Graphs, and Trigonometry and two applied units: Decision Mathematics and Statistics. Studying Mathematics gives students techniques for understanding and solving problems and it encourages the development of a logical and enquiring mind.

What goes well with this course?

Mathematics goes well with every subject and it is probably the most marketable A Level in terms of acceptability. There are good economic reasons for studying Mathematics and it is difficult to think of any further education course or career where it would not be welcomed in combination with other subjects.

Progression

A Level Mathematics is welcomed as a qualification for a variety of Higher Education courses.

A Mathematics qualification is vital for some subjects, such as Engineering, and useful for others, such as Biochemistry. Students taking a degree in Music will find Mathematics is valuable when they study Acoustics.

Many Mathematics graduates work in Accountancy, Computing, Engineering, Management or Teaching.

Course Content

Students study Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mecahnics. Pure Mathematics develops the ideas met at GCSE, such as Algebra, Graphs, and Trigonometry. Mechanics discusses forces that act on bodies and any resultant motions with the help of modelling. Statistics is the study of data.

 

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips and presentations by visiting speakers.

Assessment

The course is assessed by three 2 hour papers at the end of year 2. All papers are calculator.

The exam board for this A Level is Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 6 in Maths.  Most students taking this course will have obtained their grade from the higher GCSE paper.

Students must be competent in manipulating algebraic equations and should enjoy interpreting graphs.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level in Mathematics information leaflet.

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