# Mathematics AS/A Level and Further Maths A Level at Hall Cross Academy

## Course description

Mathematics is a high currency A-Level subject which is valued by employers and further education establishments alike.

The course is an exciting journey where students will develop their mathematical knowledge and start to see how the different strands of mathematics interlink and thread together.

It introduces concepts and ideas that will challenge all students but also provides a set of core skills that will complement many other A-Level courses.

Further Mathematics is offered as an additional challenge only to be faced by those students who are the most able mathematicians, who have a strong passion for studying mathematics and relish the thought of studying mathematics for at least half of their timetable.

## Course content

There is 1 applied mathematics module which will either be:

Mechanics 1- this is the study of forces, acceleration, equilibrium and other concepts which have close links with physics

Or...

Decision 1 - this is the study of algorithms and network diagrams and students will learn how TomTom calculates the minimum distance for a route or how Yodel makes sure that it delivers its parcels efficiently.

**A Level**

Statistics 1 is the applied mathematics module that is studied in Year 13 and as well as supporting many social sciences gives a sound grounding in statistical techniques which many students will use on Further Education Courses.

**A-Level Further Mathematics**involves the study of Further Pure 1 and Further Pure 2 units where students study pure mathematics concepts in much more depth including learning some of the more abstract concepts such as imaginary and complex numbers. In addition, more applied mathematics units will be studied developing students' skills in Mechanics, Decision and Statistics.

## Entry requirements

High B grade in GCSE Maths – successful completion of entry tests.

## Assessment

- The assessment of A-Level Mathematics is 100% by written examination.
- There are 3 examinations for an AS Level, each equally weighted.
- There are a further 3 examinations for A-Level, again these are equally weighted.
- A Level Further Mathematics is also assessed by examination in 6 equally weighted mathematics modules.

## Future opportunities

Mathematics is perhaps the most universal subject of all at A-Level, valued by all employers and Universities. It can form a substantial part of any portfolio of subjects and in particular complements all of the science and social science subjects.

It demonstrates to employers and educational institutions that you have clear logical thought and a significant talent for problem solving.

A top grade A-Level in mathematics as part of a suitable portfolio will open doors to all courses at all universities.

## Further information

As well as attending mathematics lessons students will be expected to dedicate some time each week to working on mathematical topics and honing their skills.

A 'brew and review' session occurs each week in the school library where students can work on their subject skills with each other and whilst having a hot drink.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Cross Academy directly.