Mathematics A-Level at Smestow School
The course consists of 4 units of Pure (Core) Mathematics plus applied modulesin Statistics and Mechanics. The Core units are comprised largely of algebratopics with some geometrical work. Half–termly assessments take place either onsingle or multiple topics throughout the year.
Year 12 Core 1 : Basic Algebra, Polynomials, Co-ordinate Geometry, Differentiation, Integration. Core 2 : Transformation of functions, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Indices and Logarithms, Further Differentiation, Further Integration. Statistics : Numerical Measures, Probability, The Binomial distribution, The Normal distribution, Estimation, Correlation and Regression. Year 13 Core 3 : Functions, Differentiation, Trigonometric Functions, Exponentials and Logarithms, Integration, Numerical methods. Core 4 : Algebra and Functions, Binomial Series, Trigonometry and Compound Angles, Exponential Models, Further Calculus , Vectors. Mechanics : Mathematical Modelling, Kinematics in One Dimension, Kinematics in Two Dimensions, Forces, Newton’s Laws, Connected Particles, Projectiles, Momentum.
Students must have achieved at least a strong grade B at GCSE. In addition they must successfully complete a summer project and pass an initial assessment at the start of the course.
Each module is externally assessed by a written examination. All examinations with the exception of Core 1 are calculator papers. If appropriate, the first three modules (Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics) may be examined at the end of year 12. Any modules not examined in year 12 will be examined at the end of year 13.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Smestow School directly.