Mathematics A Level at Norwich School
Studying Mathematics at A level offers a challenging and stimulating course which provides a sound basis for those intending to follow a mathematical subject at university, but it also complements other subjects, particularly the sciences, including Geography and Economics. Some pupils successfully combine Mathematics with Arts subjects. In fact, the mathematicians in the present Sixth Form between them study almost every other subject available.
The course aims to develop mathematical knowledge and associated oral, written and practical skills. It also sets out to improve skills of logical reasoning, generalisation, proving, and mathematical modelling, all of which are important in communicating mathematically to relate the "real world" to the theoretical side of the subject and vice versa. The course encourages pupils to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and mathematical development and it seeks to deepen the understanding of the interdependence of the different branches of mathematics and the wider role of mathematics in its practical, aesthetic, creative and recreational aspects.
Although graphics calculators and computer software are available for use, there will still be a requirement for traditional methods of reasoning and analysis. Mathematicians will always be called upon to think for themselves.
The topics covered at A level build on those familiar to the GCSE student. Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and probability are all developed further, and there are new areas for study in differential and integral calculus, logarithms and exponentials, methods of proof, and mathematical modelling particularly in the contexts of mechanics and probability. Fluency in the basic techniques of algebra, arithmetic and trigonometry is assumed from the beginning of the course.
These classes complete the AS and then the A2 in Mathematics.
This course completes both an A-Level in mathematics and also another A-Level in Further Mathematics.
Further Maths is a very demanding course that develop the ideas from A Level Maths and support the very best candidates in their Mathematics and related studies. All pupils studying this course should achieve an A* at GCSE/IGCSE.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norwich School directly.