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What will I learn on this A Level course?

Mathematics A Level is a course worth studying in its own right. It is challenging and interesting.  It builds on work you will have met at GCSE, but also involves new ideas that some of the greatest minds of the millennium have produced. It serves as a very useful support for many other qualifications as well as being a sought-after qualification for the workplace and courses in Higher Education.

While studying Mathematics you will be expected to:

  • use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems
  • solve quite complicated problems by using mathematical arguments and logic
  • simplify real-life situations so that you can use mathematics to show what is happening and what might happen in different circumstances
  • use mathematics to solve problems given to you in a real-life context
  • use calculator technology and other resources (such as formulae booklets or statistical tables)

What do you do?

From Sept 2017, the new EDEXCEL maths A level course will be followed. This comprises two thirds pure mathematics and one third mechanics and statistics. Technology plays a key part in the effective teaching and learning of the subject. 

Pure Mathematics

When studying pure mathematics at A Level, you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem-solving at GCSE using such techniques, you should find the prospect of this course very appealing.

Statistics

When you study statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. You will extend the range of probability problems that you started for GCSE by using the new mathematical techniques studied on the pure mathematics course.

Mechanics

When you study mechanics you will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet. You will learn the technique of mathematical modelling, that is, of turning a complicated physical problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematical methods.

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

An A level in Mathematics is very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at A Level and degree level, especially in the Sciences, Engineering, Finance, Geography and Medical courses. A Level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full-time courses in Higher Education.

Mrs Gemma Conway
Head of Sixth Form Mathematics

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