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Mathematics at The Joseph Rowntree School

Course description

AS CORE 1 - INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED MATHEMATICS
This module builds on the work of GCSE to gain fluency in algebraic manipulation. You will learn to use mathematical language and symbols appropriately, and the basic ideas of proof and mathematical modelling are introduced.

This module is an AS module which is required for AS Mathematics. No calculator is allowed in the examination for C1, so although a graphical calculator may be useful for exploring new ideas, you should ensure that you are confident in the techniques in this module without your calculator.

AS CORE 2 - CONCEPTS FOR ADVANCED
MATHEMATICS
Work on trigonometry is extended and logarithms are introduced to build on C1 work on indices. New concepts are also introduced: in particular differentiation and integration, which are developed further in later modules. This module is an AS module which is required for AS Mathematics.

AS STATISTICS 1
This module builds on data handling and sampling techniques, and the ideas about probability that you learned at GCSE. You will also begin to gain an insight into the ideas and techniques underling hypothesis testing. The ideas in this module form the foundation of more advanced statistical techniques.

A2 CORE 3 METHODS FOR ADVANCED
MATHEMATICS
This module builds on and develops the techniques covered at AS level, with particular emphasis on calculus. Ideas that you have met before, such as functions and proof, are treated more formally, and you are expected to use correct notation. This module is an A2 module which is required for A level Mathematics. The numerical solution of equations is examined by coursework (which represents 20% of the marks).

A2 CORE 4 - APPLICATIONS OF
ADVANCED MATHEMATICS
In this module, the work in C1, C2 and C3 is developed in directions which allow it to be applied to real world problems. Topics include the binomial expansion, algebraic fractions, trigonometry and integration Parametric equations and vectors are introduced. This module is an A2 module which is required for

A level Mathematics. The assessment of this module includes a comprehension (which represents 20% of the marks) where you will be expected to read a passage which uses mathematics and answer some questions to show you have understood it.

A2 MECHANICS 1
This module is an introduction to modelling in mechanics; basic assumptions are used to model the motion of a simple system making use of Newton’s laws of motion or simple calculus. Vectors are used for motion in two dimensions. The basic concepts in kinematics, statics and dynamics which are introduced here are used throughout Mechanics.

Entry requirements

To be successful at A-Level, students need to achieve an average points score of 38, which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A*-C

You need to have enjoyed maths at GCSE. Due to the nature of the course and the level of challenge posed, students would ideally have a grade A or A* in GCSE maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Joseph Rowntree School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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

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