When learning mathematics, you are always building on the knowledge and skills you have already acquired. This continues to be true in the Sixth Form and, in addition, you will need to be able to apply standard techniques to new situations and to select the correct method to solve a particular problem. The feeling of achievement that comes from finally solving what at first seems to be an intractable problem is unique to the subject.
A Level Mathematics can be studied in combination with any other subject and is a particularly good complement to the sciences, economics or geography. However, wherever your main interest may lie, if you are good at and enjoy mathematics, it is worth considering pursuing the subject in the 6th Form. The analytical and problem-solving techniques which are developed at this level are valued in many disciplines and are highly regarded by employers.
The A Level Mathematics course consists of topics taken from the following areas:
- Pure Mathematics, which extends the algebra and trigonometry met at IGCSE/GCSE (or equivalent) and introduces topics such as calculus.
- Mechanics, in which the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them are modelled mathematically.
- Statistics, which extends the handling data topics and probability from IGCSE/GCSE to include the use of statistics when testing hypotheses.
Students starting the A Level maths course in September 2017 and subsequently will follow the new linear A Level course. We will follow OCR specification A. Assessment will be by 3 examinations, all taken at the end of the two year course. The papers will be of equal weighting (100 marks each), and will last 2 hours each.
The content will be as follows:
Paper 1 Pure Maths
Paper 2 Pure Maths and Statistics
Paper 3 Pure Maths and Mechanics
The mathematics A Level group in the upper sixth are the last cohort to complete a modular course, and as such they completed 3 unit exams in the Summer of 2016. The modular exams are equally weighted and all papers are 1 hour 30 mins in length. The first three modules comprise an AS; the second three complete an A2 qualification.
An A* in Mathematics is determined by the scores in Core Mathematics 3 and 4 only.
- Core Mathematics 1, Core Mathematics 2, Statistics 1
- Core Mathematics 3, Core Mathematics 4, Mechanics 1