A Level Mathematics at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School
Year 12 Maths
Module C1 – Pure Maths 1
Algebra and functions, sequences and series, coordinate geometry, differentiation and integration.
Module C2 – Pure Maths 2
As C1, plus trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms.
Module S1 – Statistics 1
Representing and summarising data, probability, correlation and regression, distribution.
Year 12 Further Maths (in addition to the above modules)
Module D1 – Decision Maths 1
Algorithms, graphs and networks, critical path analysis, linear programming and matchings.
Module S2 – Statistics 2
Binomial and Poisson distributions, normal approximations, populations and samples and hypothesis testing.
Module FP1 – Further Pure Maths 1
Equations, inequalities, complex numbers and matrices.
Year 13 Maths
Module C3 – Pure Maths 3
Algebra and functions, coordinate geography, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods.
Module C4 – Pure Maths 4
As C3, plus sequences and series, integration and vectors.
Module M1 – Mechanics 1
Kinematics, dynamics, statics, moments and vectors.
Year 13 Further Maths (in addition to the above modules)
Module D2 — Decision Maths 2
Further linear programming, cost matrix reduction, travelling salesman problem and game theory.
Module FP2 — Further Pure 2
First and second order differential equations, further complex numbers and coordinate systems.
Module M2—Mechanics 2
Kinematics, centres of mass, work, energy and power, collisions, statics of rigid bodies.
For A level Maths, students will need at least a Grade B at GCSE. All pupils are required to attend the “Introduction to AS Mathematics” lesson, which will take place during the Sixth Form Induction Day at the end of June 2015. All pupils are required to complete the “Head Start to AS Maths” work book as preparation for the AS course. This strengthens the A / A* material in the GCSE syllabus which is an essential prerequisite of the course.
Further Maths is offered as an extra AS level, with the option to continue to A2 in Year 13. Students will need an A* Grade to study this because it is an accelerated course; completing six modules at the end of the first year, instead of three. Therefore, at the end of Year 12, students will gain an AS level in Maths and an AS level in Further Maths.
Year 12 Course Outline (leading to Maths AS level)
Three modules. C1, C2 and S1 are examined in June.
Alternative Year 12 Course Outline (leading to Maths AS level and Further Maths AS level)
Six modules. C1, C2, D1, S1, S2 and FP1 are examined in June.
Year 13 Course Outline (leading to Maths A2 level)
Three modules. C3, C4 and M1 are examined in June.
Alternative Year 13 Course Outline (leading to Maths A2 level and Further Maths A2 level)
Six modules. C3, C4, D2, M1, M2 and FP2 are examined in June.
An average mark of 80% at AS level represents a Grade A, 70% is a Grade B, 60% is a Grade C, 50% a Grade D and 40% an E Grade. An A* Grade is available with an average mark of 90% at A2 level with a compulsory minimum of 90% in C3 and in C4.
Students studying A level Maths are widely recognised as going on to earn a higher than average salary. Career opportunities include engineering, teaching, accountancy, insurance, actuarial work and business. However, the skills developed in Maths lend themselves very well to many and varied jobs; analytical skills, problem solving skills, communication skills, etc.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School directly.