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Mathematics AS/A Level at Idsall School

Course description

This new A Level qualification builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the new GCSE (9-1) subject content for mathematics for 2015. The content is separated into three areas: Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics with all elements being assessed through a written examination. All pupils must study all three topic areas.

Course content

AS Level (Year 12)
Manipulation of Indices and Surds. Advanced algebraic techniques. Exploration of graphical representation with links to coordinate geometry and transformations. Binomial expansion. Introduction to Calculus. Advanced Trigonometry and an introduction to trig identities. Exponentials and Logarithms. Vectors. Representation of data – statistical measures and diagrams. Outliers. Probability of mutually exclusive and independent events. The Binomial distribution and hypothesis testing. SI units. Constant and non-uniform acceleration. Newton’s Laws. Weight and Frictional forces.

A2 Level (Year 13)
Extension of algebraic and numerical techniques including fractions & parametric equations. Iterative methods. Functions and graphs involving exponentials and logs. Sequences and sigma notation. Proof by contradiction. Further trigonometry. Further Calculus. Extension of the Binomial theorem. Differential equations. Set notation. Extension of the Binomial Distribution. The Normal distribution leading to Central Limit Theorem. Correlation and hypothesis testing. Extension of work on acceleration, frictional forces and Newton’s Laws. Gravity. Application of vectors in a plane. Statics.

Entry requirements

Apart from the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form you are expected to achieve at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths. To be successful in A Level Maths it is important that students have mastered the A and A* algebraic techniques at GCSE. A grade 5 is also required in English Language.

Future opportunities

Success in Maths A Level puts you in a strong position to go on to employment and further education. As regards degree courses, besides studying Mathematics itself, you will find it useful (if not essential) in studying sciences, computing, finance and engineering.

Further information

If you would like further information on any aspect of A Level Mathematics then please contact Mrs C Farish (Head of Maths) - or Mrs J-A Lloyd (teacher in charge of KS5 Maths) -

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Idsall School directly.

Last updated date: 29 November 2016

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