Mathematics A Level at Philip Morant School and College
The natural regard that we all have for pattern, logic, reasoning and proof is formalised within Mathematics. The extension of GCSE study continued to advanced level increases both competence and fascination in this field.
The applications of mathematical ideas to other areas of study are numerous such as calculus applied to population growth, the use of mechanics in Physics, and statistical techniques in Psychology. Encompassed within mathematical study is the knowledge that certain theoretical results, that are not immediately obvious and perhaps not immediately applicable, may eventually have a purpose. For example, the work of ‘algebraists’ linking with other disciplines over the last hundred years culminating in the building of the computer.
Mathematics is a good subject to balance against any advanced level subjects but has particular relevance for the following: any Science subject, Economics and Business Studies, Computing, Geography, Sociology and Psychology.
The new course follows 3 key elements: Core, Statistics and Mechanics.
The A Level syllabus is only suited to those who have successfully studied GCSE at the Higher tier. Students must have a minimum of a Grade 6, but will usually have achieved a Grade 7 or higher at GCSE. All students intending to pursue a conventional 2-year A Level in Mathematics will sit a test of their mathematical capability within the first two weeks of Year 12. Prior to this, all applicants will receive a preparatory pack to work through during the summer break, outlining the skills that we believe a student should possess before embarking on A Level Mathematics. Students who demonstrate that they are not yet able to follow the conventional Mathematics course can opt for Core Maths in Year 12 with a view to continuing on to the full AS in Year 13.
Exam Board: Edexcel
This is through100% written examination.
The list is long and varied, but Mathematics is often quoted as a prerequisite for:
- Actuarial Profession
- Armed Forces
- Financial Services
- Operational Research
- Planning and Management
- Sciences of all types
Again, the list is extensive and would certainly include:
- Computer Science
- Operational Research
- Natural and Social Sciences
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.