Key Stage 5

A-level Mathematics at Polesworth is a high achieving subject taught by passionate mathematicians, many of whom have years of experience.  This A-level is for students with a pure love of mathematics, and is also a useful qualification for those studying accountancy, engineering, medicine, architecture and all the sciences, psychology and geography.

We offer 2 levels of qualifications, Maths and Double Maths (Further Maths). All units will be examined at the end of each year.  There is no controlled assessment.

The exam board is OCR.

Homework is set regularly and there is also an expectation that students will undertake further private study and seek help if problems arise.


As of September 2017 Mathematics and Further Mathematics A level will be reformed.
The specifications are as yet uncredited but the information we have at the moment is that the course will have the following structure.

A2 Mathematics

Content Overview Assessment Overview

Component 01 assesses content from Pure Mathematics

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics (01)
100 marks
2 hour written paper

Component 02 assesses content from Pure Mathematics and Statistics

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics and Statistics (02)
100 marks
2 hour written paper

Component 03 assesses content from Pure Mathematics and Mechanics

Paper 3: Pure Mathematics and Mechanics (03)
100 marks
2 hour written paper

 

A2 Further Mathematics

Content Overview Assessment Overview
Mandatory Pure Core
All learners will study the content of the Pure Core.
Units Y540 and Y541 both assess content from the whole of the Pure Core

Pure Core 1 (Y540)
75 marks
90 minute written paper

Pure Core 2 (Y541)
75 marks
90 minute written paper

25% of total
A Level

 25% of total
 A Level

Optional Units
Learners will study any two areas chosen from Statistics, Mechanics, Discrete Mathematics and Additional Pure Mathematics.

Two of:
Statistics (Y542)
Mechanics (Y543)
Discrete Mathematics (Y544)
Additional Pure Mathematics (Y545)

Each:
75 marks

90 minute written paper

25% of total
A Level

 25% of total
A Level


Current Course

A2 Mathematics

To study this course students need at least a Grade B in mathematics along with an aptitude for algebra. 
Being able to answer these questions will be a good indicator of whether A Level mathematics is for you.

Questions

The following table shows the units that are taken. 
The course code is 3890.

During Y12 you will study 3 units of work- Core Mathematics 1&2 and Statistics 1.

All units will be examined in the summer of Year 12.

In Y13 a further 3 units are taken – Core Mathematics 3&4 and Decision 1.

All units will be examined in the summer of Year 13.

Year

Units

12

Core 1
Core 2
Statistics 1

13

Core 3
Core 4
Decision 1

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A2 Double Maths (Further Mathematics)

This leads to 2 A Levels. At the end of Year 12 students will gain A2 Mathematics, and at the end of Year 13 students will gain A2 Further Mathematics. To study this course students need at least a Grade A in GCSE Mathematics.  If you are thinking of reading Mathematics at university then this is an obvious choice.

It is a very demanding, but rewarding course for those who love the subject.  
The course code is 7892.

Year

Units

12

Core 1
Core 2
Core 3
Core 4
Decision 1
Mechanics 1

13

Further Pure 1
Further Pure 3
Statistics 1
Statistics 2
Decision 2
Mechanics 2

 

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If you have any further questions, please contact Frin Baron, Head of Mathematics.