Mathematics at AS and A level is divided into four branches:
When studying core mathematics at AS and A level you will be exterding your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new Ideas such as calculus. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE then you
should find the prospect of this course very appealing.
When you study 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 that you studied for GCSE by using the new mathematical techniques studied
in the core mathematics units of the course. Many of the ideas you will meet in this course have applications in a wide area of other fields, from assessing what your car insurance is going to cost, to how likely the earth is going to be hit by a comet in
the next few years.
When you study 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 the 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.
When you study decision maths you will learn how to problem solve through a series of steps that could be programmed to a computer. The course gives an idea of the thinking behind how you could program a series of simple instructions (algorithms) to solve
a mathematical problem. These methods can be used in optimisation problems and are an early indicator of how businesses can get computers to quickly solve numerical, staffing and logistic issues.
At AS, you will study Core 1, Core 2 and either Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1. For A2, you will study Core 3, Core 4 and Decision 1.
To study mathematics A level, you will need 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE, or equivalent, including at least a grade B in mathematics GCSE.