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Mathematics A Level at Queen Elizabeth High School

Course description

Through studying maths you will develop your understanding of the subject in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. It will extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques in order to use them in more difficult, unstructured problems. The syllabus will cover issues such as:
- How to calculate a gradient at a single point?
- What exactly is calculus and why is it useful?
- Where does the sine curve come from?
- Can you use infinity in a calculation?

Course content

Now that all students are opting for three subjects and studying them all for two years, there is no requirement for them to take an AS qualification in maths at the end of Year 12. As mathematics relies on the acquisition of skills, the Curriculum Leader will decide whether to follow the traditional model in which half the units are examined at the end of Year 12 or whether to change the order in which the units are taught. This will be communicated to students and parents at the start of the course. Students should, therefore, not presume that they will achieve an AS Mathematics qualification at the end of Year 12.

The course will cover:
- Unit C1: Core Mathematics 1
- Unit C2: Core Mathematics 2
- Unit C3: Core Mathematics 3
- Unit C4: Core Mathematics 4
- Unit S1: Probability and Statistics 1
- Unit M1: Mechanics 1

Assessment

Requires abstract thinking; there is a progression of material through all levels, building on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE. Students will acquire the skills needed to use appropriate technology, such as graphical calculators, which we recommend A Level students have.

Assessment is all exam based with six exams in total over two years

In addition to support from their class teachers, students can make use of a drop-in session every Wednesday after school.

Future opportunities

Students who studied maths at QEHS have gone on to study maths at university. Many will find A Level Maths useful in a broad range of further educational study. Many universities have an entry requirement of AS Level Maths on some of their courses. Many of our maths students gone on to study a subject where maths is a requirement such as engineering, economics, physics and computer science. They have also gone on to study degrees including medicine, law, chemistry and psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth High School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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