Curriculum Leader

Mrs M Darwin

Awarding Body

AQA Course Specification

Entry Requirements

Level 6 or above from Set 1 or Set 2 in Mathematics in Year 11. A firm recommendation from your GCSE Mathematics teacher. 

Students with a Level 6 must attend compulsory extra after-school lessons throughout Y12 in order to bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level.

Why choose Mathematics?

Although it is difficult, a good pass in A Level Mathematics is universally regarded as an excellent predictor of future success by both higher education providers and by employers. At McAuley, since 2009, in every individual year, over half of the students who have completed A2 Level Mathematics have obtained a grade “A” or “B”. In some of those years, over half of the students who completed A2 Level Mathematics achieved a grade “A”.

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What will I learn in Year 12 and how will it be assessed?

This is a new specification subject. The school’s policy is that students enrolling onto new specification courses will not be entered for external AS examinations at the end of Year 12. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and the ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.

However, the pupils will take very similar exams to the AS papers in June 2019 to assess their suitability to continue the course into Y13.

Paper One
90 minutes, 80 marks, 50% of assessment

Pure Maths including functions, coordinate geometry, sequences, trigonometry, exponentials and calculus. Mechanics: kinematics, forces and Newton’s Laws.

Paper Two
90 minutes, 80 marks, 50% of assessment

Pure Maths including functions, coordinate geometry, sequences, trigonometry, exponentials and calculus. Statistics: using large datasets, sampling, probability, distributions and hypothesis testing.

No coursework.

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What will I learn in Year 13 Mathematics and how will it be assessed?

This is a ‘new specification’ subject. The overall result for each student completing this course to full A level standard will be based on the final Year 13 A level examinations only. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and their ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.

Paper One
120 minutes, 100 marks, one third of assessment

Pure Maths including functions, coordinate geometry, sequences, trigonometry, exponentials, calculus and numerical methods.

Paper Two
120 minutes, 100 marks, one third of assessment

Pure Maths including functions, coordinate geometry, sequences, trigonometry, exponentials, calculus and numerical methods. Mechanics: kinematics, forces, Newton’s Laws and moments.

Paper Three
120 minutes, 100 marks, one third of assessment

Pure Maths including functions, coordinate geometry, sequences, trigonometry, exponentials, calculus and numerical methods. Statistics: using large datasets, sampling, probability, distributions and hypothesis testing.

No coursework.

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How will I learn?

You will learn through:

  • teacher-led exposition
  • use of graphical calculators and software packages, e.g. Autograph
  • on-line support material, e.g. MyMaths
  • independent learning
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For a degree in mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering or actuarial science, for example, you will almost certainly need a good A level mathematics qualification.

Mathematics is very important in many other degrees, such as economics, medicine and social sciences.

A Level mathematics is one of the most general and one of the most fundamental subjects that you can study – there is always a demand for employees who can think logically, process information accurately and calculate efficiently.

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Almost two million people now work in jobs in the UK where mathematical /science qualifications are essential. Nationally around 50% of people who work in jobs where mathematical/science qualifications are essential earn £29,000 or more.

If instead you look at jobs where mathematical qualifications are irrelevant, then only 9% of people earn over £29,000. Some of the most common roles which mathematical sciences graduates entered include actuaries, economists, statisticians, management consultants, business analysts, science and technology professionals, programmers, software developers, financial analysts and teaching and research professionals.

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Further Course Information

Students are encouraged to participate in the Numeracy Support Program and experience extra-curricular events such as the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. You will need to purchase a graphical calculator through school.

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