Mathematics AS/A2 Level at Havelock Academy
Mathematics at AS and A level is a course that is well worth studying in its own right. It is both challenging and interesting as it builds on the topics you have met at GCSE and develops the ideas further. It is particularly suited to people who enjoy problem solving, computation and logical reasoning including proof. It is a highly sought after qualification in the workplace and in Higher Education.
Mathematics at Advanced Level builds on many of the topics you will have encountered at GCSE. For example, you will continue to study the methods of solving equations and move from the quadratic equations already covered at GCSE to cubic, exponential and trigonometric equations in the lower sixth.
In addition to familiar topics such as probability and graphs, new topics like differential and integral calculus will be introduced as well as wide-ranging applications in statistics and decision mathematics.
In general terms, the way you will be taught and the types of assignments you will be set will be broadly similar to GCSE. However, A Level Maths is more abstract than at GCSE and makes greater demands on your ability to manipulate expressions algebraically.
Students must have followed the Higher Tier Mathematics syllabus at GCSE and need to achieve a B grade or higher to be accepted onto the course. A minimum of four other GCSEs (Including English) at grade C or better are also required.
As well as the continual assessment, final assessment is by exam only, which is sat in June. The exam for each unit is 1½ hours long and is out of 72 marks. C1 is a non-calculator paper. For all other unit examinations, calculators can be used.
A-level maths is a highly sought after qualification in the workplace and in Higher Education. It opens the doors to many degree courses in the scientific, technological, engineering fields as well as the architectural, design, financial and computing sectors.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havelock Academy directly.