MATHEMATICS

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students considering A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics require a GCSE Grade 7 and poses a clear understanding of why they wish to continue study in this field. This will usually be because they already have decided to study Mathematics at University or because the recognise how Mathematics supports other fields of study such as Science and Engineering. A level Mathematics is very different from the work studied at GCSE, although some concepts and skills acquired at GCSE, particularly Algebra, are required.  There is a great deal of work to be covered in a relatively short time and a heavy work load can be expected.  Full use must be made of study periods and homework time.  

OVERVIEW OF THE COURSE

PURE MATHEMATICS

Essentially, Pure mathematics is an extension to the work already covered in Algebra and Trigonometry; together with two new topics Calculus and Co-ordinate Geometry.

MECHANICS

In Mechanics we study why and how objects move, e.g. racing cars driving round a banked track. 

STATISTICS

Statistics are used as a means of collating and presenting data. The course involves not only the theory of Statistics but also the application of several techniques. 

The A level course consists of three units, all of which will be completed in Year 13.

Paper 1:

Pure Mathematics 1

Pure Mathematics content including; Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration and Vectors

2 Hours

100 Marks

33.33%

Paper 2:

Pure Mathematics 2

Remaining pure content, which builds on and incorporates P1 content.

2 Hours

100 Marks

33.33%

Paper 3:

Statistics and Mechanics

Section A: Statistics (50 marks)

Section B: Mechanics (50 marks)

2 Hours

100 Marks

33.33%

 

  • Calculators are allowed in all three papers. 
  • None of the units require coursework.

FUTURE PATHWAYS

Naturally, A Level Mathematics could lead to a course in Mathematics at Higher Education, but it is also a necessity in almost any Pure or Applied Science course and many Engineering based qualifications.  It is probably true to say that A Level Mathematics is one of the most common course requirements in Higher Education.

Over the last few years several of our pupils have continued to study a Mathematical subject at Higher Education.

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

  • Individual problem solving 
  • Logical reasoning
  • Presenting clear arguments
  • Working with others to solve problems
  • Applying Maths in context 
  • Using ICT to help solve problems