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A Level Mathematics

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Mathematics 

Head of Department: Mr E. Bramhall

Examination Board: Edexcel

Specification Code: 9MA0

Course Entry Requirement: GCSE Mathematics grade 7

Course Content:

The A level Mathematics course is designed to build on and formalise the expertise gained at GCSE, where mathematics rightly takes its place in the core curriculum both for its intrinsic beauty and for its ubiquitous applications.

Pure mathematics involves the study of algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, vectors and numerical methods. Students learn to construct rigorous mathematical arguments and to apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts.

In statistics, students learn a variety of techniques to analyse and represent data. They set up statistical models to represent real life situations and to draw conclusions about them and undertake practical data collection and analysis to test hypotheses.

The study of mechanics involves students setting up mathematical models to represent situations in the real world. They apply their knowledge of physical principles and mathematical techniques to solve problems involving forces and movement.

Course Assessment:

A-Level Mathematics is a linear course. Three, two hour, equally weighted written examinations will be taken at the end of the Upper 6. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are both Pure Mathematics papers and Paper 3 will be based on Mechanics and Statistics.

Who should study Mathematics?

Students who flourish on mathematics courses enjoy problem solving and are prepared to work with commitment and perseverance both in and out of class time. The course combines well with the study of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Design Technology, Geography, Economics, Psychology, PE and Business Studies.

Essential skills required are attention to detail, good algebraic manipulation, and reasonable speed and accuracy when doing calculations. Statistics needs a good grasp of probability, accuracy and estimation. Mechanics requires good spatial awareness and confidence with trigonometry and vectors.

Extra-curricular opportunities:

All Lower 6 students enter the Senior Mathematics Challenge competition and the most successful are invited to compete in the follow-up Olympiad rounds. Extra support is provided for those experiencing difficulties with the course and also for those applying to Oxbridge or wishing to take an Advanced examination. Occasional outings to mathematics lectures take place.

Students are also encouraged to support younger pupils with their mathematics through the mathematics mentoring programme.

 

Mathematics and further matehmatics (two a levels)
 

Head of Department: Mr E. Bramhall

Examination Board: Edexcel

Specification Code: AS 8FM0 A2 9FM0

Course Entry Requirements: GCSE Mathematics grade 9, FSMQ Additional Mathematics is an advantage

This is a demanding but rewarding course for pupils who have achieved a grade 9 at GCSE and enjoy tackling challenging problems. Further Mathematics is particularly suitable (although not always essential) for pupils wishing to study Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or Economics in higher education. During the two-year course, students study the three modules that make up A level Mathematics and four further modules based on Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Mathematics.

Course Assessment:

Both the A level in Mathematics and the A level in Further Mathematics are linear courses.

In Mathematics, three, two hour, equally weighted examinations will be taken at the end of the Upper 6. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are both Pure Mathematics papers and Paper 3 will be based on Mechanics and Statistics. In Further Mathematics, four, 90 minute, equally weighted examinations will also be taken at the end of the Upper 6.

AS Level Further Mathematics (One and a half A levels):

This option is designed for able mathematicians. As well as the A-Level in Mathematics it involves the study of two additional units. Pupils wishing to follow this course will study the Mathematics course in Lower 6 and pick up AS Further Mathematics in Upper 6 alongside the A-Level Mathematics and their other two A-level subjects.

Extra-curricular opportunities:

All Lower 6 students enter the Senior Mathematics Challenge competition and the most successful are invited to compete in the follow-up Olympiad rounds. Extra support is provided for those experiencing difficulties with the course and also for those applying to Oxbridge or wishing to take an Advanced examination. Occasional outings to mathematics lectures take place.

Students are also encouraged to support younger pupils with their mathematics through the mathematics mentoring programme.

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