Mathematics AS/A Level at Stoke Newington School
For the A level you will study two pure mathematics modules, in which GCSE topics such as algebra, trigonometry and coordinate geometry are explored at a higher level. New topics such as calculus will also be introduced.
Many of the topics in core mathematics are interesting in their own right but they are also an important foundation for other branches of mathematics. You will also study one ‘applied’ module which involves the study of both mechanics and statistics. Mechanics applies mathematics to physical problems and examines topics such as the motion of objects and they respond to the action of forces. You will learn the technique of mathematical modelling which turns a complicated physical problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematical methods. Statistics is about the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data. You will also look at probability that can be used, for example, to demonstrate why most gambling games are a very poor bet. You will also formulate, test and evaluate hypotheses.
You will need a grade 6 in maths or above at GCSE to study at A level Mathematics. Those with a 6 must also attend a summer school in the last week of August as well as a supplementary maths lesson after school each week throughout Year 12.
The A level will be assessed only on three 2 hour (two pure and one applied including statistics and mechanics) exams all of which will be weighted as 33.3% of the final assessment.
The AS level maths exam will be assessed on one pure maths paper weighted at 66.7% and an applied paper weighted at 33.3% of the final exam.
If you wish to go on to study a degree in engineering, physics or economics, most universities will expect you to have studied A level mathematics. If you wish to study one of these subjects at a top university or do a mathematics degree, studying A level further mathematics will increase your chances.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Newington School directly.