# Mathematics

## Introduction

Why Study Maths? Because it is amazing! Are you impressed by the way different topics link together? By the way that a difficult surd simplifies to an integer? By an angle in a diagram turning into another then another until you can label all sides and angles?

All students who choose to do A level Maths will explore Pure Maths for the beauty of it and for the possibilities it opens up within their specialism. For those who plan to do Geography, Biology Psychology and any other subject where a set of data needs to be analysed we recommend that you choose **Maths with Statistics**. However should your interest lie more in the Physical world of forces and particles, perhaps with a future career plan of engineering , we would recommend **Maths with Mechanics**. For those with a deep love of and interest in Maths, or those who wish to take Maths beyond school and to University we recommend **Further Maths**. As it involves two A levels it looks at all aspects of Maths and takes the study of it deeper and faster than the single A level.

The subject is a continuation of GCSE courses, using and extending skills learned and understood at that level**. There is a large emphasis on Algebra and students taking this course should be confident in manipulation of equations and use of indices**. If you need help in this area we run extra classes at lunchtime and after school so that you can improve to a level that will allow you to be successful at A level.

Students will have two teachers one for the Core Mathematics and one for the specialism chosen

**Entry Requirements **

**The entry requirement for A Level Mathematics is Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics**. However, students with a 6 grade may find it difficult and need to take advantage of the extra help that is available outside lessons. Students should also have a feel for numbers, be confident with algebra and enjoy doing mathematics as the course will take several hours of their time each week!

**View our Survival Guide to Maths created by our sixth form students below**

## Course Details

**AS Level – Mathematics**

Students will sit an AS in Mathematics in the June of Year 12. The result of the AS does not count towards the final A Level. The skills learnt during Year 12 will be included on the Year 13 exams so it is important that students are dedicated from the start.

**AS Pure Mathematics- the backbone…**

- Topics include: Proof, Algebra & functions, Co-ordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponential and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration and Vectors

**AS Mechanics**

- Topics include: Quantities and Units in Mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws

**AS Statistics**

- Topics include: Statistical Sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distribution, Statistical Hypothesis Testing

**A Level – Mathematics.**

**Edexcel (2017)**

A-Level consists of three two hour papers. Two focusing on the pure components of the course. The final paper is split evenly between statistics and mechanics. Each paper counts for 33.33% of the final assessment. Papers will be sat in the June of Year 13. The topics in Year 13 will build on top of the topics covered in Year 12.

**A2 Pure Mathematics- **

- Topics include: Proof, Algebra & functions, Co-ordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponential and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Vectors and Numeric Methods

**A2 Mechanics**

- Topics include: Quantities and Units in Mechanics, Kinematics, Forces, Newton’s Laws and Moments

**A2 Statistics**

- Topics include: Statistical Sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distribution, Statistical Hypothesis Testing

**Entry Requirements **

**The minimum entry requirement for A Level Mathematics is a 6 in GCSE Mathematics**. However, students with a 6 grade may find it difficult and need to take advantage of the extra help that is available outside lessons. Students should also have a feel for numbers, be confident with algebra and enjoy doing mathematics as the course will take several hours of their time each week! You will need to be able to preserve with complex problems and have the skill to link different areas of mathematics together.

**AS Level – Further Mathematics**

Students who choose Further Mathematics will sit an AS in Further Mathematics in June Year 12 as well as their AS in Mathematics. The result of the AS does not count towards the final A-Level. The skills learnt during both aspects of Year 12 will be developed through Year 13

**AS Further Pure Mathematics**

- Topics include: Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further Algebra and Functions, Further Calculus, Further Vectors

**AS Further Statistics**

- Topics include: Linear Regression , Statistical distributions (discrete), Statistical distributions (continuous), Correlation, Hypothesis testing, Chi squared tests

**A Level – Further Mathematics.**

**Edexcel (2017)**

A-Level consists of four one and a half hour papers. Two focusing on the Further Pure components of the course and one each on Mechanics and Statistics. Each paper counts for 25% of the final assessment. Papers will be sat in the June of Year 13. The topics in Year 13 will build on top of the topics covered in Year 12.

**A2 Further Pure Mathematics 1**

- Topics include: Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further Algebra and Functions, Further Calculus, Further Vectors

**A2 Further Pure Mathematics 2 **

- Topics include: Complex Numbers, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations

**A2 Further Statistics 1**

- Topics include: Linear Regression , Statistical distributions (discrete), Statistical distributions (continuous), Correlation, Hypothesis testing, Chi squared tests

**A2 Further Mechanics 1**

- Topics include: Momentum and Impulse, Collisions, Centres of mass, Work and energy, Elastic strings and springs

**Entry Requirements **

**The minimum entry requirement for A Level Further Mathematics is a 7 in GCSE Mathematics.** Students should enjoy Mathematics so much that they are happy to have 8 hours of lessons a week plus hours of independent work outside of the classroom.

**How do I get an A*?**

Currently for A level Maths you need an A Grade overall and an average of over 90% in the pure components of the course.

Currently for A level Further Maths you need an A grade overall and an average of 90% or over on your best 3 A2 units. Further information on the required mark for an A* will be released January 2017.

## Careers and Higher Education

Mathematics is an acceptable qualification for almost any higher education course or career and is widely respected.