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What interests should I have if I want to follow this course?
 
To enrol for A level Mathematics you must have at least a Grade 7 for GCSE mathematics. However, that alone won’t guarantee success.  You must  have  an  enquiring mind and enjoy problem solving. Successful students at A level are prepared to persevere and work independently. All mathematicians have experienced that feeling of satisfaction when they solve a challenging problem or master a new concept. If you are also likely to study subjects such as Science, Geography and Psychology, which have a mathematical content, then studying A level Mathematics could well be advantageous.
 
What will I learn about?
 
You will cover three areas of Mathematics during the course: Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.
  • Pure topics  deal  mainly  with  the  Manipulation of algebraic functions, Solving equations, Rearranging formulae and looking further into topics such as Trigonometry and Geometry already encountered at GCSE level.
  • Statistics   topics   deal   with   the   Handling   and analysing of data in a variety of forms, Distribution of data probability, Correlation and regression.
  • Mechanics topics deals with Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws and Quantities and units in mechanics.
Pure Mathematics - Year 1
 
Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry, Sequence and series, Trigonometry, Exponential and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration and Vectors.
 
Statistics & Mechanics - Year 1 
 
Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distribution, Statistical hypothesis testing, Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s laws.
 
Pure Mathematics 1 - Year 2
 
All of the key topics that were taught in Year 12 will make up the element of this assessment but assessed at A2 standard.
 
Pure Mathematics 2 - Year 2
 
Topics include extended understanding of topics covered in Year 1 and additionally Numerical methods.
 
Statistics and Mechanics
 
Topics include extended understanding of topics covered in  Year 1 and additionally Moments
.
How will I be assessed?
 
Pure Mathematics 1
 
Structured questions which become progressively more challenging as you attempt the paper.
Time – 2 hours (33% of A level grade).
 
Pure Mathematics 2
 
Structured questions which become progressively more challenging as you attempt the paper.
Time – 2 hours (33% of A level grade).
 
Statistics and Mechanics
 
Structured questions which become progressively more challenging.  Section A (Statistics) and section B (Mechanics)
Time – 2 hours (33% of A level grade).
 
What minimum qualifications will I need to start the course?
 
Grade 7 in GCSE Maths.
 
What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?
 
The approach is mainly through solving problems in class and   at   home   interspersed   with   teacher-led  sessions and class discussion. In addition you will be set revision problems which will be a key element of your success in your AS exams. You will also work towards the Senior Maths Challenge Competition.
 
What can I do when I complete my qualifications?
 
Many career opportunities open up for someone with an A level in Mathematics – business, financial services, sciences, engineering, or even as a mathematician.
 
Study to A level leads naturally to starting degrees in any mathematically based subject.
 
How can I find out more information?
 
If you have any further questions please contact Mr Hay in the Maths Department.