Mathematics - AS and A2 at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre
AS and A2 Mathematics
AS mathematics is composed of three modules: Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1. The core modules build on the algebra, number and trigonometry students will have studied in higher GCSE mathematics and introduce calculus. Statistics develops data handling topics studied at higher GCSE, in particular exploring sets and probability. A2 mathematics is also composed of three modules: Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1. Core modules continue to develop the core work from Year 12, with a particular focus on application to more challenging problems. Mechanics applies mathematics to physical problems that involve force and rates of change.
B grade or above in GCSE higher mathematics (A/A* prefereable), with a specific focus on number and algebra strands. Level 2 further mathematics or Level Awards in algebra are preferable.
Each module is assessed by a written examination in the summer term. All of the questions are compulsory and each paper lasts one and a half hours. Each module carries equal weight towards the final grade awarded. Regular assessment will take place during the year, through homework, topic assessments and mock module papers.
Mathematics can lead to a wide variety of subjects. A Level Mathematics is always regarded highly by universities. The subject is academically rigorous and develops a range of both specific and generic skills. Possible careers developing from a mathematics A-level include computer science, accountancy, economics, business, air traffic control, retail management, architecture, surveying, psychology, teaching, and all science related courses.
What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?
Algebra and number underpin any further study in mathematics, if students know their strengths at GCSE are shape, measure and data-handling then they will need to develop their skills in algebra and number before starting AS mathematics. They will also need to rid themselves of any fraction-phobia as they will need to become their best friends! A level mathematics is all about independent learners who can motivate and manage themselves to success. Lessons will constantly build on previous knowledge through questioning, investigating, exploring, conjecturing and analysing. Students need to be able to ask questions and come up with strategies to solve them. They will need to want to develop their understand and not wait to be told to. A level mathematics is about putting as much time in outside sessions as inside the class. Students will be able to succeed if they want to!
What other subjects compliment A Level Mathematics?
Any subject can complement a mathematics A level, there is no set group of subjects that need to be taken with mathematics and many students will choose a mixture of sciences and arts.
How will I be taught?
Lessons are taught by two members of the mathematics department and homework is set weekly. In lessons students will be required to complete a variety of tasks, based on investigation and exploration, as well as work to consolidate understanding through homework. Discussion is actively encouraged and students are required to work collaboratively to develop their understanding. What extra-curricular opportunities are there? Engineering in Education scheme and master classes. Opportunities to support Key Stages 3 and 4.
Student Testimonial, why study A Level Mathematics?
Mathematics is challenging and stimulating in that there is only one correct answer. Although this could be considered daunting, the satisfaction gained after finding this answer will prove to be a reward in itself. I personally have found mathematics to revolve around pattern and structure, therefore once the basic principles are learnt it becomes easier to apply this knowledge to any question which is given you. To study the subject to an A level standard, genuine interest in mathematics is needed. However following this, a student then has the ability to develop logical thinking and problem solving skills which have direct application to real life scenarios. Not only this, studying A level mathematics is highly accredited in later stages, for example when applying for jobs or university, thus preparing you in advance for any career you wish to choose. Hence if you enjoy problem solving and generally love to be challenged, choose mathematics. Year 13 student
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.