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Mathematics A Level at Amersham School

Course description

Please note that the new A Level Mathematics courses have yet to be accredited by the exams regulator, OFQUAL, so this information is subject to change.

A Level Mathematics provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A Level Maths make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical areas.

The aims and objectives of this qualification enable students to understand Mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study. It enables students to apply Maths in other fields of study and to be aware of the relevance of mathematics in the world of work and situations in society in general.

Throughout the course, you study a multitude of different topics. You will further develop your algebraic and trigonometric skills and will be introduced to new topics including logarithms. The course has three overarching themes; mathematical argument - language and proof, mathematical problem solving and mathematical modelling.

Course content

Pure Mathematics
In this unit, students study Mathematical Proof, Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical Methods and Vectors. This element of the course is assessed in two exams and makes up two-thirds of the course.

Mechanics and Statistics
In this unit students study elements of both Mechanics and Statistics. In Mechanics, you will study Quantities and Units in Mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton's Law as well as Moments. In Statistics you will study Statistical Sampling, Data Representation and Interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distributions and Statistical Hypothesis Testing. Both Mechanics and Statistics will be assessed in one exam and is worth a third of the course.

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A*- C including Grade 7 Mathematics

Assessment

Pure Mathematics 1
The externally examined paper covering topics listed above. The exam is 2 hours long and is worth one third of your overall grade.

Pure Mathematics 2
The externally examined paper covering topics listed above. The exam is 2 hours long and is worth one third of your overall grade.

Mechanics and Statistics
The externally examined paper covering topics listed above. The exam is 2 hours long and is worth one-third of your overall grade.

Future opportunities

A Level Mathematics is a prerequisite to many university courses, including the Sciences, Engineering and Economics. A survey carried out by the TES found that of the people they surveyed, those who possessed A Level Mathematics earned 10% more than those who did not.

Careers could include Accounting, Engineering, Computing, Physics, Economics, Business, Banking, Air Traffic Control, Architecture, Cartography, Surveying and Retail Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Amersham School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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