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Mathematics A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is Mathematics?
Mathematics is the most universal of languages. Combining factual content and logical structure, this subject has beauty in the way that all of its component parts link to create solutions.

Why study Mathematics?
As well as for the love of the subject, Mathematics has a very wide field of application and a number of other disciplines make A Level Mathematics a prerequisite for advanced study.

Course content

AS Modules

Core 1 builds on the skills gained at GCSE and introduces students to new concepts in the form of differentiation and circle geometry.

Core 2 introduces many new concepts including integration, logarithms and radian measure as well as building on prior knowledge of trigonometry first seen at GCSE.

Probability and Statistics 1 gives students the opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge. This unit provides a grounding in concepts that leaves students better prepared for further study in courses involving for instance Biology, Economics or Business

A2 Modules

Core 3 extends the study of logarithms, differentiation, integration and trigonometry. This includes working in three dimensions and introducing time as a variable.

Core 4 introduces the idea of the parameter and the vector as well as further extending calculus into trigonometric functions.

Mechanics 1 is the applied module introducing the mathematics of forces and movement in terms formulae, problem solving and analysis. The course provides an ideal complement to those wishing to study, amongst others, the Physical Sciences or Engineering.

Entry requirements

A GCSE Grade B or above in Mathematics. We may require students to attend a bridging course prior to starting in September.

Future opportunities

Research, Mathematical Modelling, Met Office work, Accounting, Actuarial, Insurance, Banking, Architecture, Engineering, Science, Law, Economist, Business Consultancy or Teaching to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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