Mathematics A Level at Newport Girls' High School
Mathematics is an exciting and interesting subject to study and a mathematics degree leads on to many opportunities in industry and commerce where it is the discipline of mind developed by studying mathematics which is valued rather than the subject content.
The A level is now a two year linear course with three two hour exams taken at the end of Year 13 graded from A* to E.
The course consists of three areas: pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics.
Paper 1 will consist of pure mathematics. Paper 2 will consist of half pure mathematics and half statistics. Paper 3 will consist of half pure mathematics and half mechanics.
All papers have equal weighting.
In Pure Mathematics you will learn new methods and techniques which will build on your knowledge of graphs, trigonometry, algebra and vectors learnt in the new GCSE. We will also study a new topic called calculus, which is a powerful tool for working out, for example, gradients of curves and areas under graphs. You will learn to understand the need both for mathematical rigour and for being able to use the various techniques within models of real life situations.
In Statistics you will learn to appreciate that it is a practical subject in constant everyday use, whilst at the same time, it has a strong theoretical background. You will build on to your knowledge of probability and data analysis as you investigate the idea of statistical modelling.
In Mechanics you will learn how you can model real life situations involving velocity, distance and time using mathematics and how to solve physical problems. Topics include studying the motion of a projectile and Newton’s laws of motion.
Calculators both scientific and graphical are allowed in all three exams.
There is no coursework.
Students must have obtained a grade 7, 8 or 9 in mathematics at GCSE level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newport Girls' High School directly.