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Key Stage 5

Mathematics in the Sixth Form

Key Stage 5 Overview

Students who wish to study Mathematics beyond GCSE have two options at Altrincham College; A-level Mathematics or Level 3 Core Maths (Advanced Maths).

 

A-level Maths is aimed at those who might be considering Mathematics, or a mathematically intense, course at university. Core Maths, on the other hand, is for those who do not wish to study maths for maths sake, but rather develop existing knowledge from GCSE with a focus of uses and their applications in everyday life – personal finance being an example.

Find below information about the two course.

AS/A Level Mathematics

Entry Requirements

Five or more A*‐ C (9-4 under the new grading system) grades at GCSE including English Language and Maths.

Minimum of a grade B (5/6) is required in Mathematics (it is advised that students who achieve a grade A * (8/9) or A (7/8)in their GCSE Mathematics find the transition to AS level more manageable).

A Level Mathematics 

Duration

2 years

Examining body

AQA (7357)

Entry Requirements

Grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE

External Assessment

3 x 2hour exams in summer of y13

Content

Includes: Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integrations and Numerical methods. In addition to these topics, 1/6 of the content will be focused on the application of mechanics and another 1/6 on application of statistics.

Teaching

Taught via 10 fortnightly contact hours.

Continued internal assessment and tracking with weekly upgrade sessions when necessary

Complements

Physics, Biology, Chemistry

 Level 3 Advanced Maths - Core Maths

Duration

2 years

Examining body

AQA (1350)

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in Mathematics GCSE

External Assessment

2 x 90 minute exams in summer of y13

Content

Includes: Analysis of data, Personal finance, Modelling and estimation, Critical analysis, Normal distribution, Confidence intervals, Correlation and regression.

 

 

Teaching

Taught via 4 fortnightly contact hours.

 

Complements

Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Psychology, Business, Sociology