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Mathematics & Further MathematicsAdvanced Level at William Brookes School

Course description

The mathematics at AS and A2 level is divided into four
branches:
Core (Pure Mathematics)
Topics such as algebra and trigonometry will be extended as
well as encountering brand new topics such as calculus.
Interesting in their own right, these are important foundations
for other branches of mathematics.
Statistics
You will learn to summarise and analyse statistical data in order
to arrive at conclusions about it. The areas you meet have
applications in a wide range of fields from assessing insurance
premiums to examining, through trials, the effectiveness of a
new drug.
Mechanics
You will consider the motion of objects (from cars in the street
to satellites in orbit) and how they respond to the forces acting
upon them. These areas of study are an almost essential
introduction to robotics, biomechanics and sports science as
well as relating directly to studies in engineering and physics.
Decision Mathematics
In this modern branch of mathematics you will deal with areas
of operational research such as networks, optimisation and
scheduling. You will study a range of methods, or algorithms,
which enable such problems to be tackled by computers. This
work has important applications in programming and logistics.
Examination Board and Scheme of Assessment
The AS course in Year 12 comprises three equally weighted
modules, including two compulsory Core modules, the third
module will be Statistics 1.
Those wishing to continue on the course in Year 13 to gain a
full A level will cover two further compulsory core, plus a further
module from Mechanics 1 or Decision 1. All modules are
assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute written paper.
Further Mathematics AS level in Year 12 will be available with
some modules being taught after school, this provision will
continue into Year 13 with students achieving a full A level in
Further Mathematics. To complete each year three modules
will be studied.

Entry requirements

It is essential to have studied for GCSE Higher Tier and gained at least a grade ‘B’.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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