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Coombe Dean School

Coombe Dean School


Mathematics A-Level 


Exam board: AQA 

Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics 

Entry Requirements 

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Mathematics.  

Skills required 

Students who get the most out of their Mathematical studies have good problem-solving skills and can use these to identify the knowledge required to answer a question and how to apply this knowledge. These students are also highly organised and can plan and schedule when they are going to complete work. They are pro-active learners who will actively seek help if necessary. 

Course outline 

Students will be taught an approach to Mathematics that will enhance their problem-solving skills in this subject as well as help to equip them for A levels in a variety of other areas. All the content for A-level is compulsory and will focus on topics from pure maths, statistics and mechanics. Topics which will be new to most students include calculus, series, logarithms and coordinate geometry from pure maths; binomial probabilities and hypothesis testing in statistics; motion of a particle and the forces acting on it in mechanics. Also included in the new specification is an emphasis on proof as well as the use of technology to help solve problems. 

Student testimony 

George W (Y13)- Maths gives you advanced problem-solving skills that are really valuable for further education. 

Arseniy M (Y13)- Maths is a very interesting subject and is very useful for a future career in Engineering.  

Brendan T (Y12) – Maths is a challenging but rewarding subject. 

Xin L (Y12)- Maths makes me feel really proud when I am able to solve a problem that I didn’t know how to do before. I really enjoy it. 

Career paths 

Popular career choices for those with A Level include engineering, computing, accountancy, economics, banking, business, retail management, surveying, psychology, air traffic control, architecture, cartography, psychology and teaching. 
Many students continue to university courses in physics, business studies, psychology, computing, engineering, many stipulate Mathematics as essential. 

Course outline/assessment 

Exam 100%: Three papers taken at the end of the course. 

Paper 1: Pure Maths 

Paper 2: 1/2 Pure maths and 1/2 Mechanics 

Paper 3: 1/2 Pure maths and 1/2 Statistics  

Ongoing assessment: Throughout the course students will have in class assessments- using exam practice questions to assess their understanding of the content covered. Students will be given opportunity to see marking criteria and compare it against their work, making Dedicated Improvements to their own piece.