Mathematics A Level at West Lakes Academy
This course is comprised of a combination of pure maths and applied: Pure, the essential tool kit for all areas of mathematics, and it is the branch of mathematics most similar to what has been covered at GCSE level.
Applied includes statistics and mechanics: these use models of the real world to explore problems putting mathematics into context. It has many links with physics, engineering, economics or business studies.
The A Level course takes two years with all formal assessments taken at the end of the course, by which time students should be able to:
a) use and apply standard techniques,
b) reason, interpret and communicate mathematically and c) solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts.
This is achieved by the application of three overriding themes:
a) mathematical argument, language and proof;
b) mathematical problem solving; and
c) mathematical modelling.
These must be applied, together with associated mathematical thinking and understanding, across the whole of the course content
Content is grouped under 18 broad categories: proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods, vectors, statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.
At least 5 grade A*-C GCSEs, including GCSE grade 4 in English. It is desirable to have achieved at least grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.
The course is assessed at the end of the second year by way of three externally set and marked examinations covering all the content of the course.
It is easier to identify careers for which A Level Maths is not useful, as it can be beneficial when applying for many positions and also when applying to universities.
The London School of Economics studied the qualifications and income of students and found that those who took A Level Mathematics can generally go on to earn 7 - 10% more than those studying other subjects.
Many employers are looking for A Level Mathematics to be sure that job applicants are confident in handling maths on a daily basis and have the transferable skills that are developed by studying maths.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.