# Mathematics A Level at Dartford Science & Technology College

## Course description

The A level Maths course is a two years course comprising of three main modules; Pure Mathematics1, Pure Mathematics 2 and Statistics and Mechanics. Here is an overview of the course content. Paper 1 : Pure Mathematics 1 (Paper code: 9MA0/01) Content Overview Topic 1 - Proof Topic 2 - Algebra and Functions Topic 3 - Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane Topic 4 - Sequences and Series Topic 5 - Trigonometry Topic 6 - Exponentials and Logarithms Topic 7 - Differentiation Topic 8 - Integration Topic 9 - Vectors Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (Paper code: 9MA0/02) Content Overview Topic 1 - Proof Topic 2 - Algebra and Functions Topic 3 - Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane Topic 4 - Sequences and Series Topic 5 - Trigonometry Topic 6 - Differentiation Topic 7 - Integration Topic 8 - Numerical methods Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (Paper code: 9MAO/03) Content Overview Section A: Statistics Topic 1 - Statistical sampling Topic 2 - Data presentation and interpretation Topic 3 - Probability Topic 4 – Statistical distribution Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing Section B:Mechanics Topic 6 - Quantities and units in mechanics Topic 7 - Kinematics Topic 8 - Forces and Newton`s laws Topic 9 - Moments

## Course content

The A level Maths course is a two years course comprising of three main modules; Pure Mathematics1, Pure Mathematics 2 and Statistics and Mechanics. Here is an overview of the course content. Paper 1 : Pure Mathematics 1 (Paper code: 9MA0/01) Content Overview Topic 1 - Proof Topic 2 - Algebra and Functions Topic 3 - Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane Topic 4 - Sequences and Series Topic 5 - Trigonometry Topic 6 - Exponentials and Logarithms Topic 7 - Differentiation Topic 8 - Integration Topic 9 - Vectors Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (Paper code: 9MA0/02) Content Overview Topic 1 - Proof Topic 2 - Algebra and Functions Topic 3 - Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane Topic 4 - Sequences and Series Topic 5 - Trigonometry Topic 6 - Differentiation Topic 7 - Integration Topic 8 - Numerical methods Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (Paper code: 9MAO/03) Content Overview Section A: Statistics Topic 1 - Statistical sampling Topic 2 - Data presentation and interpretation Topic 3 - Probability Topic 4 – Statistical distribution Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing Section B:Mechanics Topic 6 - Quantities and units in mechanics Topic 7 - Kinematics Topic 8 - Forces and Newton`s laws Topic 9 - Moments

## Entry requirements

GCSE 7+ in Maths.

## Assessment

100% written examination of 2 hours for each paper with Statistics and Mechanics having two sections; section A for Statistics and B for Mechanics. All modules are calculator based papers and they are weighted equally (33.3%) with a strict requirement that candidates have a calculator with; the ability to compute summary statistics and access probabilities from standard statistical distributions an iterative function the ability to perform calculations with matrices up to at least order 3 x 3

## Future opportunities

Students who study maths gain a large number of transferable skills which they can apply to future studies and careers. Skills students will develop include:

• problem solving in a variety of contexts

• estimation and accuracy

• presenting and analysing data in a variety of formats

• efficient and effective use of a calculator to support mental arithmetic

• investigational strategies

• the use of algebra in a wide range of applications

• solving problems involving shape and space

Most importantly studying maths allows students to develop keen analysis skills which help them analyse a situation, determine important pieces of information, plan and implement a solution which can then be reflected upon to see if this is the optimal solution to the problem.

Maths is also a highly desirable A-Level which lends itself naturally to a variety of University and College courses including:

- ICT and Computing
- Accountancy
- Business Studies
- Economics
- Chemistry
- Physics
- Psychology

## Further information

Students’ will be actively encouraged to study outside of the classroom when taking A-Level maths. There are a variety of websites and e-learning opportunities students can engage in as well as completing additional practice in the form of revision exercises.

If you wish to read more about the A-Level maths course then please visit:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2008.html

to access the course specification and additional materials.

5 A* - C grades in a range of subjects

## How to apply

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