Mathematics is intrinsically beautiful. If you enjoy puzzles and problem solving, you will relish the challenges of this course. The ancient arts of algebra and trigonometry form a large part of what you will study, but you will also learn about the more recent applied mathematics of statistics and mechanics.
The Mathematics AS level course consists of three compulsory modules, as does the A2 course. Both AS Core modules contain some GCSE B-A* topics.
In Year 12
Core 1 and 2: Core mathematics build on the skills you have developed at GCSE. You will continue to develop your abilities in algebra, geometry, trigonometry as well as learning about new techniques and concepts.
Statistics 1: The Statistics module develops the Statistical concepts that were studied at GCSE.
In Year 13
Core 3 and 4
Mechanics 1: Mechanics studies bodies at rest, and the motion of bodies under the action of forces. It helps to understand how a gecko climbs, or how an earthquake occurs, or how an aeroplane flies.
Any student who is considering A Level Mathematics should gain a high GCSE grade B or above. The high algebra content of all six modules means that you should be particularly strong in this area in order to enjoy a successful time on this course. In addition, trigonometry is an important part of four modules.
You will take 3 modules for AS and then 3 modules for A2. The examination will consist of one 90 minute paper for each module. All six modules contribute equally towards your overall A Level grade.
There is no coursework component for Mathematics.
You will need a Casio scientific calculator: models fx83, fx85, fx91 or better. It is a course requirement that you buy packs of past exam papers at £3 per module. You will also need to purchase rulers, pencils, pens and file paper. Where appropriate, we provide textbooks, notebooks, study packs and other learning resources.
The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.
Exam Charging Policy:
– Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.
– Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.
– When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:
– the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
– non-attendance at an exam without good reason.
BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.
Mathematics will help you with your other A Level subjects. All the sciences use mathematical techniques, and psychology and sociology use statistics, so doing A-level mathematics will give you an advantage. It teaches you to think in a logical way, vital when putting across a coherent logical argument in any subject.
Do you want to do well in your degree? Computer science, physics, accountancy, engineering and economics usually require A-level mathematics. Geography, psychology and sociology degrees will all involve a large amount of mathematics. Sports science, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, business and management use increasingly large amounts of mathematics.
Mathematics A Level equals money. Research by the LSE found that people with mathematics A-level go on to earn about 10% more than their peers with equivalent qualifications in different subjects. Even the few who got a grade E earned 8% more than those who did not take mathematics. The mathematical skills learned at A-level, such as logical thinking, problem solving and statistical analysis, may be closer to those actually used in the workplace than the skills developed in other subjects. There is a huge shortage of mathematics graduates, despite the huge earning potential in certain areas such as finance, accountancy and computing.
If you enjoy problem-solving, can use your own initiative, and are determined to persevere until you’ve solved a challenging question, then you have the attitude to make a success of A Level Mathematics. There will be many opportunities during the course for students to engage in both group and individual work. We have run several successful university trips for fun Mechanics and revision conferences. A level Mathematics is like playing a musical instrument or football: enjoying it and becoming good at it requires a lot of practice. You will be given regular homework and independent study, and should expect to dedicate considerably more time for revision in the run up to assessments. We run twice-weekly homework and revision clubs to support you with your studies.