Mathematics A Level at The Rochester Grammar School
Pure Mathematics is a study of algebraic techniques, functions, sequences and series, exponentials and logarithms, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, differentiation, integration, numerical methods, vectors and proof. You will use these skills and techniques to solve problems in Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.
Statistics is the analysis of data obtained from experiments or surveys. Initially this involves presenting the data graphically and calculating statistical measures. The theory of probability is used to set up mathematical models of random experiments. You will then compare sets of observations, draw conclusions and make predictions about future events. An important aspect of Statistics is measuring the significance of such conclusions and predictions.
In Mechanics you will set up simple models of practical situations in order to study the action of forces on bodies. In many cases this will take the form of a set of equations that will lead to a solution of the problem. Mechanics has a strong link and overlap with Physics.
There are three units to the course. Please see the Assessment section for more details.
An ability to manipulate algebraic expressions accurately is an essential skill in Mathematics at A level.
In order to be accepted on this course, you will need to have a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics at the Higher level.
The three units are:
Unit 1 (33%) Written Examination (1 hour 30 minutes) Pure Mathematics 1
Unit 2 (33%) Written Examination (1 hour 30 minutes) Pure Mathematics 2
Unit 3 ( 33%) Written Examination (1 hour 30 minutes) Statistics and Mechanics
An A level in Mathematics will complement many subjects including Science and non-Science A levels. There is a great demand for people with mathematical ability and many opportunities to enter a wide variety of jobs in commerce and industry. In particular, there is a considerable need for people with statistical knowledge.
Many students choose to use their analytic skills in computer systems work, accounting, banking and insurance. Mathematics also provides you with an advantage if studying degree courses in the Sciences, Economics, Engineering and other subjects.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.