MATHEMATICS

What does the course involve?

The course develops skills in three areas of mathematics; pure maths, statistics and mechanics. Pure maths extends students’ understanding of familiar topics such as coordinate geometry, trigonometry and algebra, whilst introducing new topics such as calculus. Statistics includes data handling and probability. Mechanics covers the study of forces and motion.

The maths course covered is the Edexcel specification, which you can access at www.edexcel.co.uk.

You will take two exams at the end of Year 12 and gain an AS Level qualification. If you choose to continue mathematics to A Level, you will take three exams at the end of Year 13. These exams will assess all content covered in Year 12 and Year 13. Please note that the exams taken at the end of Year 12 do not count towards the A Level grade.

 

AS Level          Pure Maths 1

                       Statistics and Mechanics                       

                       

A Level            Pure Maths 1

                        Pure Maths 2

                        Statistics and Mechanics

 

What qualifications do I need?

This course is suitable for students who have achieved grade ‘5’ or above in GCSE Mathematics Higher.

Equipment

We strongly advise students to purchase the Casio fx-991EX. This scientific calculator is essential for all units and you can purchase these through School at a discounted price at the beginning of Year 12. We also have maths specific software, which can enhance students’ understanding, installed on a number of computers around school.

Assessment

All units are assessed by a written examination. At AS Level, Pure Maths 1 counts for 66.6% of the AS Level grade and Statistics and Mechanics counts for 33.3% of the AS Level grade. At A Level, each unit counts for 33.3% of the A Level grade.

General Comments

Mathematics encourages students to think in a logical and coherent manner. It can make sense of ‘real world’ problems and help develop students’ ability to analyse and refine a model that describes a real life situation. It can boost students’ confidence and self-esteem and give great satisfaction when a problem is cracked. Mathematics can help students to communicate effectively, both with written work and through discussing concepts with others. Students can acquire new IT skills through the use of graphical calculators and graphing computer packages. But perhaps most importantly, students can study an enjoyable and rewarding subject that is both relevant and useful to their life and future career.

Future Prospects

Mathematics is a vital qualification for a number of careers and higher education courses, including engineering and architecture. It is also well regarded for those interested in pursuing a career in medicine, veterinary science, law and teaching.

Videos from the Department

Head of Maths, Mrs Steele, discusses both Maths and Further Maths with some current students, why they chose the course and what they found most interesting about taking the subject.