Mathematics

Mathematics should be studied for its fascinating sophistication and its inherent elegance as a way of viewing the world around us. Over two years, you will study and investigate a wide range of mathematical concepts. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving in your Maths GCSE, you will definitely find A Level Mathematics an appealing choice.

Subject content

The content of A Level Mathematics splits broadly into the two strands of Pure Maths and Applied Maths (Mechanics and Statistics).

Pure Maths extends  work covered at GCSE on algebra, trigonometry and graphs, as well as introducing brand new topics such as logarithms, calculus and vectors.

Applied  Maths helps us to understand how modelling can turn a complicated real-world problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using  mathematical methods.

Mechanics describes the motion of objects and how they respond to forces, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a  planet. Statistics allows us to investigate real-world data. From this we are able to make predictions and assess the validity of certain statistical models  used to analyse the ever-changing world around us.

You can view EDEXCEL course specifications by clicking on the link below;

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/67746-specification.pdf

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 preferable 6 or above in Mathematics. Students will also need to pass an entry excam at the beginning of the course ( made up of GCSE questions) Pass mark is 60%.

Equipment

Students will need to purchase a specific calculator for the course: Casio FX991ex.

Learning methods

You will discover and explore maths by discussion and group work as well as independent research and practical work.

Assessment

The course will be linear with all exams at the end of the two years of study.  At A Level there are three exams: two Pure papers and one Applied  (Mechanics and Statistics). The content from both years of study are examined in these three papers.

Progression opportunities

Maths is a versatile A Level choice and is highly regarded by Higher Education establishments. Maths is a key component of many degree courses,  including computer science, engineering, natural sciences, economics, medicine, geography, architecture and of course, mathematics itself. Graduates go  on to have a wide range of careers in any job where logical thought and problem solving are required such as business, accountancy or computing.