Head of Faculty and Head of Department Mr J Anderson
The course aims to build up your knowledge and application of Mathematics to aid problem solving and modelling of real life situations. The Statistics module explores the use of data in everyday life and links well with Life Sciences, such as Biology, Geography, Sociology and Psychology. The Mechanics module looks at the forces and motions used by us all in everyday situations and links well with Physics.
You will develop independent learning, problem solving, logical and methodical thinking, higher order thinking skills, analytical and manipulative skills.
How will it be assessed?
A-level Mathematics is a two-year course. The examining board is AQA.
There are 3 units. Across year 12 and 13 you will study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.
There are 3 modules. Each module is assessed by a 2hour exam paper.
All papers carry equal weighting. Pure Mathematics is worth 100 Marks.
The Pure Mathematics with Statistics Paper and Pure Mathematics with Mechanics Paper are also worth 100 Marks each.
Where will it lead?
Mathematics is a very versatile subject and is useful for practically every career. It can be studied as a single subject at university, but it also pairs up particularly well in joint honours degrees, including Geography, Sciences, Astronomy, Languages and Business.
As well as Mathematics being a well-respected A-Level and degree, the skills of logic developed and the knowledge which you will have learnt are useful in a vast array of future careers – not just accountancy!
Masterclasses in the Spring and Summer terms.
Mentoring of students at KS4 and KS3 and helping students in year 11 with master classes and taster sessions for year 12 Mathematics.
GCSE Maths at Grade 7 or above.
‘Fermat's Last Theorem’ by Simon Singh
‘The Great Mathematical Problems’ by Ian Stewart
‘Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid’ by Douglas Hofstadter