# Mathematics A2 level at The Bushey Academy

## Course description

The course in Mathematics aims to help students:

- Develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment.
- Develop abilities to reason logically and recognize incorrect reasoning, to generalize and to construct mathematical proofs.
- Extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems.
- Develop an understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected.
- Recognize how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved.
- Use mathematics as an effective means of communication.
- Read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of mathematics.
- Acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognize when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations.
- Develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general.

## Course content

Each year of the two year course is made up of three units which develop and introduce new mathematical topics.

Year 12 students complete C1 C2 and S1 as shown below

- C1 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration.
- C2 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.
- S1 Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.

Year 13 students complete C3 C4 and S2 as shown below

- C3 Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.
- C4 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.
- S2 The Binomial and Poisson distributions; continuous distributions; samples; hypothesis tests.

## Entry requirements

Due to the challenging nature of the A level Mathematics material we will only be accepting students on to the course if they have achieved at least a B grade in their Mathematics GCSE exam.

## Assessment

- C1 Core Mathematics AS level 1 written paper (33.3% of AS 16.67% of Advanced GCE)
- C2 Core Mathematics 1 AS level 1 written paper (33.3% of AS 16.67% of Advanced GCE)
- S1 Mathematics 1 AS level 1 written paper (33.3% of AS 16.67% of Advanced GCE)
- C3 Core Mathematics A level: 1 written paper (16.67% of Advanced GCE)
- C4 Core Mathematics A level: 1 written paper (16.67% of Advanced GCE)
- S2 Statistics A level: 1 written paper (16.67% of Advanced GCE)

To complete the AS Level qualification you need to sit three units. Each unit is assessed by a written examination paper lasting 90 minutes.

## Future opportunities

A-Level Mathematics is a highly transferable qualification and will aid your entry on to numerous numerical based degree courses such as accountancy, economics, engineering and the sciences. Students with A-Level Mathematics on average earn 10% more than those without.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bushey Academy directly.