Mathematics

Mathematics

An A level in Mathematics will allow you to see how different areas of mathematics are connected and recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems. You will enhance your problem solving skills, learn mathematical techniques and use them in solving these ‘real world’ problems.

Course Content – Year 12

Pure

Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration, trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms

Statistics

Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; permutations and combinations.  This will involve access to a large dataset on which the examination questions will be based.

Mechanics

Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.

Course Content – Year 13

Pure

Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods, vectors, mathematical proof.

Statistics

Continuous random variables; the normal distribution; the Poisson distribution; sampling, hypothesis testing; errors in hypothesis testing.

Mechanics

Centres of mass; statics of rigid bodies; projectiles; uniform circular motion; energy, work and power; collisions and impulse.

Is this course right for me?

Yes, as long as you bring to it enthusiasm for the subject, persistence and consistent hard work, interest in problem solving, good algebraic skills, abstract thinking skills, a logical mind and a willingness to work independently while seeking and accepting guidance when necessary.

Course highlights

Highlights include being involved in a wide range of activities to support your studies including university lectures, national competitions and visits to places of mathematical and scientific interest both in this country and abroad.

What can I do next?

An A level in Mathematics is highly regarded by both Universities and potential employers as it shows an interest in logic, problem solving and looking at situations sometimes in an abstract way. It is a very demanding and rigorous subject, and a good grade in A level Mathematics, as in most A level subjects, shows a commitment to constantly refine your techniques and learn new methods.

Mathematics at A level can lead to work as a climatologist, statistician, analyst, financial advisor, or games programmer. You can also pursue further study in these fields on business and economics degree courses. We have seen many of our students who complete an A level in Mathematics progress to University, not only reading Mathematics but also going on to study medicine, business, actuarial science and law.

Subject minimum entry requirement

You will need at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

“The support you receive from the teachers whilst studying this difficult A level is fantastic.”

Mr L Topping
Head of Mathematics