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Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Level at Westcliff High School for Girls

Course description

The AS/A Level courses for Mathematics and Further Mathematics consist of three elements - Pure Mathematics (compulsory element), Statistics and Mechanics. Decision mathematics may also be studied – this is a relatively modern development in mathematics where given procedures are used to solve problems.

Course content

Pure Mathematics: This course covers Algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry and series. You will study the ideas of calculus to a high level, initially looking at gradients of graphs and areas under graphs. Many of the ideas in pure mathematics form an important foundation for the other branches of mathematics studied.

Statistics: Learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to draw conclusions from it. Many of the ideas you will meet in this part of the course have applications in a wide area of other fields.

Mechanics: How do we describe the motion of objects and their response to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet? Based on simple mathematical models; there are two main areas: Statics which looks at the mathematics of objects which are stationary and Dynamics which deals with how objects move and why they move in particular ways.

Entry requirements

Grade A GCSE in Mathematics. An algebra test will be set on Induction Day, to assess student’s suitability for the course. If you wish to study Further Mathematics you must gain Grade A at A Level by the end of Year 12.

Assessment

AS Assessment: Two pure mathematics (C1 and C2) modules and one statistics (S1) all exams are 1 and a half hours.
A2 Assessment: 3 x 1 and a half hour exams in C3 and C4 with M1 (mechanics).

Future opportunities

A Level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of courses in Higher Education including Physical Sciences, Teaching, Engineering, Economics, Medicine, Architecture, Accountancy, Psychology and Computing. There are also many areas of employment that regard an A Level in Mathematics as an important qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Westcliff High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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