Mathematics

Overview

Mathematics

The Mathematics Department is staffed by well qualified and experienced teachers in Mathematics who use a variety of teaching methods to support your learning. The course builds upon students’ previous experience of Mathematics, developing some topics further and introducing many new topics. Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of work away from the classroom each week.

You will be expected to purchase a graphical calculator (Casio Graphics Calculator FX-9750GII) for use on the course and some work will be done using computers.

Course Outline

Year 12
You will cover the essential pure mathematical methods that can be applied to real world scenarios. Topics include solving equations, graphs and transformations, coordinate geometry, logarithms and exponentials, trigonometry, and differentiation and integration.

You will also study some mechanics in the form of kinematics, forces and Newton’s Laws as well as some statistics including probability theory and hypothesis testing.

Year 13
The work in pure mathematics is extended to include topics such as sequences and series, functions, numerical methods and 3D vectors.

There will also be more material in mechanics such as the resolution of forces, moments and the study of friction.

In statistics more advanced probability theory will be covered and you will investigate statistical distributions such as the Normal Distribution.

Assessment

No Coursework
Examination (100%)
Examining Board – AQA.

Special Entry Requirements

Minimum grade 6 or B or above in GCSE Mathematics. In addition, standard A level entry requirements apply.

Prohibited Option

Statistics.

Career and Progression Opportunities

There is a shortage of people with strong mathematical skills. Mathematics is a common part of degree courses such as Business and Finance, Architecture, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Management Science and Computing. Mathematics is essential for courses such as Engineering, Physics, Economics and Mathematics itself. Mathematics A level keeps many doors open and is valuable for almost every future career plan except specialised options.

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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