Maths AS A2 at Thomas Becket Catholic School
The course consists of three basic elements: Pure Mathematics that accounts for two thirds of the course content Statistics that accounts for another third of the course Students need to recognise that the Mathematics As and A2 course is very demanding and like all courses at this level demands a great deal of commitment to be successful. Any student who studies this course will be required to complete all the work set within the deadlines as Mathematics is a hierarchical subject that builds on previous areas of study.
Students will be accepted on the course with a GCSE Grade C but these students will find the course difficult. Students with GCSE Grade B or above will find the course more appropriate to their ability.
To get a certificate for Advanced Subsidiary (AS), you will need to have studied and been assessed on 3 AS units. To get a certificate for Advanced GCE, you will need to have studied and been assessed on the 3 AS units, plus 3 further units, known as A2 units, making a total of 6 units. All modules are assessed by means of one final examination that are equally weighted. The AS units of work you will study are as follows: Module One Core 1Following on from the algebra, coordinate geometry and sequences and series covered as part of the GCSE course and introducing basic Calculus. Module Two Core 2Developing the skills and concepts gained as part of Core 1 but also to include trigonometry and logarithms Module Three Statistics Much of the work covered in this module was introduced at GCSE but there will be more emphasis on the use and application of Statistics. Introduction of discrete distributions and the properties of the Normal Distribution. The A2 units of work you will study are as follows: Module Four Core 3Developing the areas of study introduced in the previous core modules and to introduce numerical methods Module Five Core 4Developing the areas of study introduced in the previous core modules and to introduce vectors Module Six Statistics 2The use of Binomial and Poisson distributions, continuous distributions, sampling and hypothesis tests
Mathematics is a Science and as such is a highly sought after qualification both as a subject in it’s own right and in support of other areas of study. Many careers have Mathematics as a foundation, such as Accountancy, Statistician, Engineering, Medicine, etc. However a qualification in Mathematics would also prove valuable in many unrelated areas.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Becket Catholic School directly.