Mathematics AS A2 at Kingsthorpe College
Mathematics is of vital importance. Everyday life could not govern with out some application of Mathematics- from using your mobile to driving a car somewhere, someone has engineered some maths for a useful purpose. Even the music you listen to has been generated and recorded on some electronic device that requires mathematics to make it happen! Employers regard A-Level Maths with great importance and it will open the way to almost every career and discipline.
You will study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and/or Statistics. Pure (Core) Mathematics will extend the knowledge and skills you have learned at GCSE level. You will learn how to derive formulae and solve equations, study Calculs, trigonometric functions, identities and graphs, geometric and algebraic series, exponential functions and logarithms. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. You will also study one applied module: Mechanics involves modelling physical events, such as forces between particles, collisions and projectiles; Statistics involves learning and applying data handling techniques to practical examples. Mechanics is of vital importance in all Engineering disciplines and Physics. Statistics is vital in almost all scientific, medical and humanities based disciplines. All students follow the AQA board.
You must be enthusiastic and motivated about mathematics, Engineering and Science and relish a challenge!
Due to the demanding nature of the course, pupils must have undertaken the GCSE Higher Mathematics syllabus and are expected to have achieved Grades A*, A or B. We will consider other students on an individual basis.
A-Level Mathematics is taken over two years. Mathematics is modular based. You will be examined and assessed at regular intervals in class to ensure you understand the work and are given help when needed. In addition, these assessments will also influence whether you need extra help. Please bear in mind that you need to put in at least three hours of your own study time outside school.
The three modules taken in the first year comprise an AS qualification, and the three modules taken in the second year form the A2 and overall A-level grade. In the first year you must sit examinations for the Pure modules: C1 and C2 and an applied module, M1 or S1. C3 and C4 and a further applied module is taken the following year. One core module is examined in January and the remaining Core Module and the applied modules taken in June each year. It is possible to re-sit modules after consultation with your tutor. You will be carefully monitored throughout the year with end-of-unit and mock tests. Those students who excel will be fast-tracked to sit the Further Mathematics modules with the consortium group.
Progression routes and Career opportunities
A-Level Mathematics is well regarded and respected and complements almost all other A-levels and courses, (art, humanities and science based), and opens the way to almost all careers! The Mechanics option complements those taking Physics and design and those considering a degree in Engineering, Physics, Scientific and Mathematical disciplines. The Statistics option complements Humanities, Medicine and all Physical Science disciplines. A-level Mathematics is an essential entrance requirement for many Higher level studies in Medicine, Mathematical and Engineering disciplines, Physics, Science and Computing.
An A-level in Mathematics opens the way to almost every career!
For more detailed information please arrange to speak to Dr Ali, Miss Nightingale or Miss Ewa.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsthorpe College directly.