KS5 Mathematics

Students studying Mathematics at A level have been very successful over the years.  We are able to offer both Mathematics and Further Mathematics following the AQA syllabus.  The current Year 13 is the last year group to study the course consisting of modules while Year 12 students are studying the new two year linear A level course.

A  brief overview of the new A level course:

Students studying Mathematics will extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems. This subject has a reputation of being rather difficult but presents a stimulating challenge to students who enjoy Mathematics and have an aptitude for it.

The A level in Mathematics is changing and at the time of going to press the exam boards are still awaiting full accreditation for their courses. There is a large emphasis on algebraic manipulation and problem solving over the course so it is essential to be enthused by these aspects.  Approximately two thirds of the course covers topics from Pure Mathematics with the other third being made up of topics from Statistics and Mechanics.

 

Pure Mathematics topics include:

Applied topics include:

•     Proof

Mechanics

•     Algebra and Functions

•    Forces

•     Co-ordinate Geometry

•      Kinematics

•     Sequences and Series

•    Newton’s Law of Motion

•     Trigonometry

•    Moments

•     Differentiation

       Statistics

•    Probability

•    Statistical Sampling

•    Data Presentation and Interpretation

•    Statistical Distributions

 

•    Statistical Hypothesis Testing

•     Integration

•    Probability

•    Statistical Sampling

•    Data Presentation and Interpretation

•    Statistical Distributions

•     Exponentials and Logarithms

•    Statistical Sampling

 

•     Vectors

•    Data Presentation and Interpretation

•    Statistical Distributions

•    Statistical Hypothesis Testing

Students will need to have:

  • a grade 7,8 or 9 in GCSE Maths from the Higher Course
  • good algebraic manipulation skills
  • an enthusiasm and interest in the subject
  • as part of the induction process students must complete a skills booklet before starting the course as well as pass an induction exam

By studying this subject you will:

  • develop your understanding of Mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • develop your abilities to reason logically, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs
  • use mathematics as an effective means of communication

For both A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics the final assessment will be three exam papers at the end of Year 13.