What could this course lead to?
A Level Mathematics is a prerequisite for entry to many university courses, especially in the sciences and engineering and is advantageous for many more. It is particularly recommended for study alongside A Level Physics.
The minimum entry Level to the course is a grade 7 at GCSE, with a 6 considered in exceptional circumstances, together with a good working knowledge of written English.
Mathematics at A Level can be a challenging subject for some students. Please be aware that even students who have gained an 8 or 9 at GCSE may find the subject difficult. Ask your Maths teacher for advice.
What will I be studying?
This course enables students to study the disciplines of algebra, calculus, geometry and numerical methods which comprise the pure part of the course as well as a range of applications from the disciplines of statistics and mechanics. The course emphasises both graphical and algebraic approaches to the material, and uses relevant real-world examples, thus giving students a secure understanding on which they can build.
Both A2 and AS Level will cover Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics (The content for maths is the same for all exam boards as it has been defined by the government).
Pure topics – Proof, Problem Solving, Mathematical Modelling, Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Calculus, Numerical Methods, Vectors.
Statistics – Sampling, Data Representation, Probability, Statistical Distributions, Hypotheses Testing.
Mechanics topics – Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws, Moments.
As there is no carry forward from AS to A2 we do not plan to enter students for AS, although the option can be considered on a case by case basis if appropriate.
Are there any trips or extracurricular activities linked to this course?
Trips to hear speakers are organised, as well as the opportunity to participate in Mathematics competitions. Details can be sought via the Head of Mathematics Faculty.
What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?
Mathematics is an important and popular subject which develops reasoning and problem solving skills. As well as being a respected discipline in its own right, it permeates and underlies those of science and engineering and is used extensively in a much wider range of subjects.
What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?
Mathematics is predominantly a skill based subject requiring consistent practice of the key techniques. Therefore you need to enjoy the subject sufficiently that you are prepared to keep working at it even when it gets difficult.
How is it examined?
AS Examinations – 2 papers, equally weighted
Paper 1 – Pure and Mechanics
Paper 2 – Pure and Statistics
A2 Examinations – 3 papers, equally weighted
Paper 1 – Pure topics only
Paper 2 – Pure and Mechanics
Paper 3 – Pure and Statistics
Will I need to do coursework?
What syllabus do you follow?
Examination method: Written exam.