Mathematics A Level at West Kirby Grammar School
WHY CHOOSE MATHEMATICS?
Mathematics provides you with skills that you can use in any career: analytical thinking, solving problems, thinking creatively, investigating and presenting logically, handling and interpreting data, forming and communicating ideas. Mathematics is a highly credible qualification, however, the choice should also be because you enjoy mathematics and you get pleasure from the challenge of solving number and logic puzzles.
CONTENT - Advanced Level - Three further modules
C3: To build on and develop the techniques students have learnt at AS Level, with particular emphasis on calculus.
* Exponentials and natural logs functions, calculus with log and trig functions.
* A coursework task on the solution of equations by numerical methods.
C4: To develop the work in C1, C2 and C3 in directions which allow it to be applied to real world problems.
* Binomial expansion, compound angle formulae, parametric equations and vector geometry.
S2: Extending the study of data handling and interpretation to bivariate data
* Binomial, Normal and Poisson distributions, contingency tables and Pearson's PMCC
M1: Mechanics applies modelling skills to basic concepts in kinematics, statics and dynamics
- In order to progress onto Advanced Level courses you must achieve at least a D grade at AS Level in three subjects (excluding General Studies)
- See entry conditions for AS Levels
All three modules are examined in June.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MATHEMATICS?
Students today are growing up in an atmosphere of increasing acceptance of equal opportunities and an extended study of Mathematics opens the door to a variety of careers: architect, chemist, food scientist, air traffic controller, racing car designer, computer programmer, defence analyst, investment banker, weather forecaster, medical statistician, project manager, economist, actuary.... the list is endless. 'We face the challenge of preparing young people for jobs that do not exist, problems we have yet to discover and use technologies yet to be invented...challenge to develop skills and competencies needed in a fast changing world!'.
WHAT DO I NEED TO START THE COURSE?
Students ideally will have achieved an A* or A grade to start the course. An enjoyment of the subject and the tenacity to persevre when challenged is essential. Mathematics A level requires constant focussed hard work but the rewards are great.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.