Further Mathematics - A Level at Katharine Lady Berkeley's School
All students will be assessed on their knowledge of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.
Pure Mathematics is the largest part of the course and includes more familiar topics such as trigonometry and graphs, but also new concepts for example calculus and iterative methods. Mechanics is concerned with the motion of objects and what changes motion. In mathematics we use models to represent this motion and solve problems. While Statistics is an area of Mathematics mainly concerned with the analysis of data, identifying trends and forming hypothesis to criticise and/or support your ideas.
The assessment objectives include a greater emphasis on modelling, problem-solving and reasoning, so some questions are likely to be long with little scaffolding. This builds on the increase in problem-solving in GCSE so students will be better prepared. The examinations will be taken at the end of the course rather than in modules and it is expected that questions will link different aspects of the course.
Mathematics is challenging subject at A Level, requiring discipline and application from the outset. We advise any student intending to take up the course to engage with preparatory algebra and number work over the summer break, beginning with the Bridging Tasks that will be provided. The experience of many students shows that familiarity with these aspects of the Grade 8/9 GCSE content has a very significant impact on success in the A level mathematics course. It may be the case that students with good grades from GCSE sets other than 1 and 2 will have less experience in these areas and a willingness to invest in pre-course study is highly desirable in such circumstances.
All students on the course will complete a transition test in the first few weeks of the course; where the need is identified, students will be expected to take advantage of the additional support sessions after school on a Thursday. Should a student continue to show a low attainment by the end of Term 1, (mid-October), a formal conversation will take place in order to determine whether this or Core Mathematics programme would provide the best opportunity for success.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Katharine Lady Berkeley's School directly.