Mathematics AS/A2 Edexcel at Bradfield School

Course description

Our A Level Mathematics specification allows greater flexibility and aims to create a positive learning environment

Course content

Specification

Edexcel Mathematics

Overview

The Pure Mathematics element of the course begins by building on familiar GCSE material and introducing a range of brand new topics. Students are taught to develop the necessary rigour to their mathematics through key concepts that underpin the entire mathematics course. As the course progresses, topics are extended such that students are required to develop the necessary analytical skills to select the appropriate mathematics to solve problems and to sustain the quality of their number and algebra skills throughout extended solutions.

By studying the applied content in Statistics and Mechanics, students learn how mathematics can be used to model a range of real-life situations in order to understand them and begin to make predictions about likely outcomes. In statistics, students will learn data-handling techniques that are highly applicable across a range of disciplines, allowing them to collect, process, represent and analyse a variety of data sets. In mechanics, students will learn mechanical modelling techniques allowing them to represent and analyse a variety of static and dynamic real-life systems.

A Level Content and Assessment

Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics. Written exam (2 hours) worth of A-Level marks

Compulsory AS content assessed at A level standard
Proof; Algebra and functions; Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; Sequences and series; Trigonometry; Exponentials and logarithms; Differentiation; Integration; Vectors

Paper 2 – Pure Mathematics. Written exam (2 hours) worth of A-Level marks

Compulsory A level content assessed at A level standard
Proof; Algebra and functions; Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; Sequences and series; Trigonometry; Differentiation; Integration; Numerical Methods

Paper 3 – Mechanics and Statistics. Written exam (2 hours) worth of A-Level marks

50% compulsory Mechanics and 50% compulsory statistics
Section A: Statistical sampling; Data presentation and interpretation; Probability; Statistical distributions; Statistical hypothesis testing Section B: Quantities and units in mechanics; Kinematics; Forces and Newton’s laws; Moments

AS Level Content and Assessment

Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics. Written exam (2 hours) worth of AS-Level marks

Compulsory AS Content aligned to Paper 1 of A level Maths but assessed at AS standard.

Paper 2 – Statistics and Mechanics (1 hour) worth of AS-Level marks

50% compulsory Statistics and 50% compulsory Mechanics
Section A: Statistical sampling; Data presentation and interpretation; Probability; Statistical distributions; Statistical hypothesis testing
Section B: Quantities and units in mechanics; Kinematics; Forces and Newton’s laws

Teachers
Mr D Best, Mr T Higgins, Mrs J Honeywell, Mr D Joyce, Mr J Osborne, Mr R Yousef

Further information

Our ambition is for the students we teach to ‘be the best they can’ and, where students want to, that they progress to the top Universities to maximise their employment and career prospects. In partnership with Russell Group Universities, we continue to work hard to realise this ambition and to ensure that, as well as excellent teaching, our students receive the correct guidance and support needed to make successful applications to Higher Education.

We are very proud of the achievements made by last year’s students. 92% of the students progressed to a University course of their choice. 91% of our students gained 3 or more A-Levels and 46% of the grades were A*-B. Students were also successful in their applications to competitive programmes such as Cambridge University, Dentistry and Medicine. We look forward to building on this success with the students who choose to join us in the future.

We offer a range of 23 different A-Level subjects, enabling students to choose subject combinations to progress to all available Higher Education courses. All of our courses are taught by subject specialists with degrees in the subjects they are teaching, and with strong track records in A-Level teaching. Students are also encouraged to integrate work experience placements with their studies in order to gain the practical and transferable skills required for many careers.

Students have the choice of choosing three or four A-Level subjects. We expect that most students will specialise to three subjects by the time they enter Y13. All students are also given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification over the two years, and we are increasingly finding that this improves the quality of student’s applications to University and employment opportunities.

Sixth Form is not solely about the study of the academic subjects. We offer students a range of enrichment opportunities, improved social facilities and privileges so that our students can enjoy life as a Sixth Form student both inside and outside of the classroom and that they can play a leading role in helping to develop the school. By providing these opportunities alongside a strong curriculum, we believe that Bradfield Sixth Form is an environment ‘where people thrive’ and where people can make the most of their talents and realise their potential.

We hope that you will consider studying your chosen subjects at A-Level at Bradfield School Sixth Form.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Patrick Beaumont