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Mathematics at Queen Mary's Grammar School

Course description

The essence of Mathematics is the study of pattern and structure, particularly in relation to numerical and spatial systems. At A Level, there is a shift towards greater
abstractions, and the methods developed are powerful and rich in application.
A vast number of career opportunities are opened with the study of Mathematics.
Mathematics finds its uses in Business & Finance (e.g. Actuary, Accountancy, Banking, Credit Analysis, Insurance, Investment Management), Management, Computing (Analyst Programmer, Computer Programmer, Games Software Developer), statistical analysis (Opinion Polls, Medical Statistician, Traffic Analyst) research and development (Aircraft Design, F1 Design, Pharmaceutical Research), education and all types of engineering. The Pure Mathematics modules hold the course together, but pupils will also study applications, depending upon their needs.

Course content

Pure Mathematics.
These modules have a strong algebraic content. The study of Differential and Integral Calculus is introduced which enable us to quantify rates of change and, therefore model countless real world problems. Trigonometry is developed which helps us analyse periodic phenomena. Other work developed is series, with many applications in finance.

Newtonian Mechanics dominates this study. The topics covered involve analysing motion in 1 and 2 dimensions, vector methods, forces, moments, collisions and
centre of mass are some of the applications. Pupils who study Physics are strongly
advised to study Mechanics.

The modules on offer cover collection of data, analysis of the data and the
presentation of the data. Concepts such as Regression and Linear Correlation are
introduced along with the idea of Expectation Algebra. Probability theory is developed
and distributions such as the Normal, Binomial & Poisson Distributions are introduced and applied. Hypothesis testing is applied in different circumstances. Pupils who do not study Physics may find this application more useful.

Decision Maths.
This module concentrates on algorithms to solve specific problems, mainly inspired by Business issues and IT. Critical Path Analysis, Linear Programming and Matching Algorithms are explored in this work. An A Level qualification in Mathematics is a valuable qualification with problem solving skills developed as techniques are applied in differing contexts.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 7 B grades at GCSE* (including English and Maths). We normally expect at least a grade A (A* for Further Maths) in subjects which you wish to pursue at A level. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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