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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Mr N Riseborough BSc (Hons), PGCE

A Level Course Outline

Mathematics studied at GCSE is extended with students building on their algebra, geometry and trigonometry skills in addition to discovering calculus.  Students will be required to problem solve to encourage a deeper understanding of mathematics in a variety of contexts and use appropriate technology to extend the range of problems they can solve. Throughout the course they will use ‘real-life’ data to solve ‘real-world’ problems. Over the two year course, students will be taught Core Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in Statistics and Mechanics.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

Mathematics at A Level is a fascinating, rewarding and satisfying subject and forms the basis for many other subjects. It is highly regarded by employers and Higher Education establishments, with many degrees containing some elements of mathematics.

Careers in Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Business, Economics, Geography and Design, amongst many others, will benefit from mathematical studies at a high level.

Course Content

Examination Board

OCR

(MEI)

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the OCR website

Mathematics B (MEI) - H630, H640

 

Both the AS and the A Level courses are divided into components. Both courses have Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics integrated into their studies. The full A Level course also contains a Pure Mathematics and Comprehension component. The content for A Level contains additional material.

All components are assessed in the summer via a written examination with one additional comprehension paper required for the full A Level course. Students cannot certify for an A Level and AS Level in the same examination period.

AS Level

 

Pure Mathematics and Mechanics
50% of total AS Level
(1 hour 30 minutes written paper)

Pure Mathematics and Statistics
50% of total AS Level
(1 hour 30 minutes written paper)

A Level

 

Pure Mathematics and Mechanics
36.4% of total A Level
2 hour written paper

Pure Mathematics and Statistics
36.4% of total A Level
2 hour written paper

Pure Mathematics and Comprehension
27.3% of total A Level
2 hour written paper