Mathematics A Level at Maricourt Catholic High School
You will learn to develop analytical, logic and problem solving skills across a range of applications in mathematics. These skills can be used effectively in life in many different contexts.
AS consists of Core Maths units C1 and C2 plus the Applications unit D1
C1 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration
C2 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration
D1 Algorithms; algorithms on graphs; the route of inspection problem; critical path analysis; linear programming; matchings
A2 builds on core knowledge from C1 and C2 and allows for a choice of applications modules in Mechanics or Statistics. Compulsory units C3 and C4 and one application unit from M1 or S1.
C3 Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.
C4 Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors
M1 Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments
S1 Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution
Three modules examined by 3 examinations (1 hour 30 minutes each). These will be sat in the summer of Year 12
A further three modules examined by 3 examinations (1 hour30 minutes each). These will be sat in the summer of Year 13
It is expected that students will have studied the higher tier GCSE in the top sets and gained either a grade A /A*. Teacher recommendation is also required. An aptitude for algebraic manipulation is essential.
Mathematics at a level beyond GCSE is very highly valued and in great demand by both Higher Education and employers. Mathematics is a discipline that can be studied in its own right to degree level or used as an important service subject in many different areas such as: Medicine, Teaching, Law, Accounting, Geography, Sports Science, Engineering, Dentistry, Sciences, Computing, Geology, and Economics.
Students will be expected to be able to work both collectively and independently. Meeting deadlines for work to be handed in is essential to ensure progress and continuity as well as a willingness to contribute to class discussion. The standard of teaching is very high and we have high expectations of our students as well. As a result consistently we find that students really enjoy the course, are successful, and find it both interesting and stimulating.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maricourt Catholic High School directly.