Mathematics A level at Valentines High School
Year 12 Outline
You will study mostly material from of Pure Mathematics and some topics from Mechanics or Statistics. When studying Pure Mathematics you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry and learning some brand new ideas such as calculus.
In Mechanics you will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet. You will learn the technique of mathematical modelling; that is, of turning a complicated physical problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematical methods.
In Statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. You will extend the range of probability problems met at GGCE by using the new mathematical techniques studied on the pure section of the course.
Year 13 Outline
You will study more Pure Mathematics and other topics in Mechanics or Statistics. It may be possible for suitably qualified individuals to study extra material towards a qualification in Further Mathematics.
GCSE grade B in Mathematics.
You will take several hour 30 minute examination papers.
A Level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full time courses in Higher Education. There are also many areas of employment that see a Mathematics A level as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas. Higher Education courses or careers that either require A Level Mathematics or are strongly related include Economics, Teaching, Medicine, Psychology, Architecture, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Computing and Accountancy. If you should wish to continue your study of Mathematics after A Levels you could follow a course in Mathematics at degree level or even continue further as a postgraduate and get involved in mathematical research.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Valentines High School directly.