COURSE CONTENT AND AIMS

If you enjoy Maths and feel confident with the work you have met so far at GCSE, then you should seriously consider this course. It is an exciting subject studying numbers, quantities, shape, space, their relationships, and a lot more. It attempts to describe this world as accurately and rigorously as possible, and thus is widely regarded as “the most precise human language”. The subject has got a huge number of fields and branches, and is fundamental to much of science and technology. 

A level Mathematics will enable you to;

  • Understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fostering enjoyment and providing a strong foundation for progress to further study, and extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques.
  • Understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected, applying mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general.
  • Use your mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly.
  • Reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, generalising mathematically, constructing mathematical proofs in order to use your mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems which require them to decide on the solution strategy.
  • Recognise when mathematics can be used to analyse and solve a problem in context, representing situations mathematically and understand the relationship between problems in context and mathematical models that may be applied to solve them.
  • Interpret solutions and communicate their interpretation effectively in the context of the problem, reading and comprehending mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and communicate their understanding.
  • Use technology such as calculators and computers effectively and recognise when such use may be inappropriate.

PROGRESSION

Mathematical ability is very highly regarded by both universities and employers.

An A level in Maths is essential for many degree courses (such as physics, engineering and, of course, mathematics itself) and is highly desirable in a wide range of subjects such as chemistry, natural sciences, architecture, computing and economics.

There is a national shortage of mathematicians, and employment prospects are good.

ASSESSMENT

This course will be assessed over three papers, each representing one third of the overall grade, all of which have to be sat in the same academic year.

Papers 1 and 2: (Pure Mathematics 1 and 2) will assess proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, calculus, vectors and numerical methods.

Paper 3: (Statistics and Mechanics) is in two sections. In the Statistics section students will be assessed on statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distribution and hypothesis testing. In the Mechanics section students will be assessed on quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For admission to A level Mathematics, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
  • Students wishing to study Science or Maths at A level will need to achieve a grade 7.