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A Levels in Mathematics

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Course overview

Mathematics is one of the most popular subjects studied at A Level and enables you to develop your understanding of topics already seen at GCSE, at the same time as introducing you to new areas.

Mathematics A Level is highly relevant as preparation for a number of degree courses and employment areas. It supports many other subjects at A Level including Physics, Biology and Chemistry. It is also useful for Geography and Psychology. Higher level mathematics qualifications are very well recognised by employers and universities and there is evidence to suggest that having a higher-level mathematics qualification may boost your future earning potential.

The department runs a targeted programme of support sessions to help students make the transition from GCSE to A Level study. There are also drop-in support sessions through the year and a programme of revision sessions to help students prepare for the final exams.

Course information

During the course you will study three types of mathematics:

Pure Mathematics ? these are mathematical techniques from areas such as algebra, trigonometry and calculus. You will learn how to prove and apply a range of problem-solving techniques.

Statistics ? you will develop further skills in analysing and representing data, including using technology to analyse a large data set. You will extend your understanding of probability and learn how to carry out hypothesis tests. This area of mathematics provides useful support for other A Level subjects that include data analysis.

Mechanics ? you will learn how to solve problems involving objects moving with constant acceleration, including motion under gravity. You will learn how to apply Newton?s Laws of Motion and develop an understanding of Forces and Moments. This branch of mathematics is highly relevant for students also studying physics.

Progression onto Year Two

Progression to the second year of this A Level course will be dependent on having made satisfactory progress in the first year of the course, including achieving at least an E grade in a formal late spring assessment, as well as the maintenance of a good level of attendance and commitment throughout the year.