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Mathematics A-Level at The West Bridgford School

Course description

Mathematics complements other subjects, supporting and enhancing the physical or social sciences or providing breadth and balance to an arts or languages based programme. Mathematics teaches you to think logically, to process and manipulate numbers and mathematical processes. Mathematical ability is very highly regarded by universities and employers.

 

Mathematics in the sixth form builds on the work you have done at GCSE. You need to make sure your algebra in particular is strong as it comes into so many aspects of the AS/A level course. At this stage in your education, you will have to make many decisions about your future career and for most of you, your choice of subjects is based upon where you intend to go and what you intend to do after leaving school.

For those intending to continue on to university, there are very few degree subjects for which a Mathematics A level would not be useful. Many degree courses do not require specific A level subjects, but of those that do, Mathematics is by far the subject most commonly required.

The employment prospects for graduates with Mathematics degrees could not be better. Statistics suggest that while the supply of mathematicians in the UK has been static over the last few years, the demand for them increases by 4% each year. This is partly due to the unstoppable progress of technology, which requires mathematics and science for development and research. However there is another cause; in our modern world, companies and government increasingly base their strategies on "evidence": statistical data and hard scientific facts which indicate the best way forward. Mathematics is the key to finding and designing experiments and surveys that generate the data, and to turn the results into information and knowledge.

YEAR 12:

C1 & C2 Core Maths including coordinate geometry, algebra, trigonometry & calculus

S1 A statistics unit including probability, the Normal distribution & statistical methods

YEAR 13:

C3 & C4 Core Maths which extends core skills including calculus, natural logs, partial fractions & vectors

M1 A mechanics unit including kinematics, Newton’s Laws and projectile motion

 

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Mathematics or a Grade A in GCSE Mathematics ideally, within one of the below:

3 A Level subjects + General Studies: 3 Grade B in chosen subjects + 2 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

4 A Level subjects + General Studies: 2 Grade A/A* + 2 Grade B in chosen subjects + 1 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 March 2015

Key information

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

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