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AS/A2 Maths

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Overview

Maths is a fantastic subject both in its own right and as a foundation for many other courses in Science, Engineering, Computing and Social Sciences.  It helps us to understand the whole world around us and builds on our natural instincts to solve problems.  Much of the modern world technology should simply not exist if it were not for Mathematicians and developments in future technology will be driven by Maths making it a hugely exciting and interesting field of study.

  1. Course Title

    AS/A2 Maths

  2. Exam Board and Specification No.

    Edexcel A-Level Maths

What do I need to have studied/have knowledge of?

Students need to enjoy the challenge of Mathematics and in particular the algebra elements.  We would be looking for at least a grade 6 with evidence of strong algebra skills.

What will I learn on this course?

The A-Level course consists of both Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematicals. You will start by developing the Algebra skills from your GCSE course, before moving onto new topics such as Binomial Expansion, Arithmetic/Geometric sequences and then Calculus (Differentiation/Integration).  You will also study applied topics in Statistics and Mechanics (which is very similar to Physics).  This means you will get all the core Mathematical skills but also an opportunity to see them applied in different areas.

The skills you learn in Statistics will be useful in other subjects such as Geography, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The Mechanics content links well with Physics and is particularly useful if you are interested in Engineering

 

What key skills will I develop?

A Level – The core units build upon the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. The applied topics build up skills in Statistics and Mechanics, including mathematical modelling.

How will I be assessed?

The A-Level course is examined at the end of Y13 through 3 written exams.

There is no coursework involved.

What could this course lead to?

A Level Maths is an essential qualification for any students wishing to study subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Computing or Engineering at degree level and is also highly valued for subjects such as Natural and Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Geography, Statistics, Medical Sciences.  A-Level Maths is regarded as a ‘facilitating’ subject by the Russell Group of Universities so can help students with whatever degree choice they make.

For students not wishing to go onto degree level study, A-Level Maths could also lead directly to careers in Accountancy, Business or Computing among many others.  It is seen as a valuable qualification within numerous careers.

Additional events, trips or enrichment activities

We plan to offer access to events and speakers about further careers in Mathematics plus enrichment days offered by the Further Math Network and Universities.  There will also be opportunities to be involved in Maths Competitions and mentoring younger students in Maths.

Are there any additional costs for this course?

None

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Mr L Stacey – lstacey@commonweal.co.uk