# Mathematics at Sleaford Joint Sixth form

## Course description

Aims of the Course

* Extend and deepen understanding of Mathematics beyond GCSE in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment.

* Extend and deepen understanding of Mathematics beyond GCSE and use the range of skills developed in difficult, unstructured and real world problems.

* Develop an awareness of the relevance of Mathematics to other fields of study and to the world of work.

Course Content and Skills Required

The student must be a strong Mathematician, adept at handling algebra and thinking logically and have the ability to think independently and in an abstract way. A Level Mathematics The course consists of six modules: four in Core Mathematics; two in Applied Mathematics. AS Level Mathematics The course consists of three modules: two in Core Mathematics and one in Applied Mathematics. Students at Carre’s normally study Mechanics 1 & 2 for their Applied modules, as this is the best preparation for Scientific and Technical degree courses. Whilst at St George’s students study Statistics 1 in Year 12 and Decision Maths in Y13. Also in Y13 students can opt into studying an additional unit (Mechanics 1) and/or Statistics 2. This gives students a well-rounded mathematical qualification.

* Core Mathematics This involves building on aspects of Mathematics already studied at GCSE such as Algebra and Trigonometry as well as learning new topics such as Calculus.

* Mechanics

You will learn to solve problems of motion such as the direction and height of a tennis serve through mathematical modelling.

* Statistics Here you will build upon prior knowledge of Statistics from GCSE level, introducing probability distributions and different ways of analysing data.

* Decision Maths This involves the use of algorithms to solve problems in graph theory and introduces linear programming. Have you ever wondered how Sat Nav systems work out the shortest route?

Assessment

* Unit tests may be used along with homework tasks to assess students’ work

* Assessment is by six end of module examinations each of 1 1/2 hours in duration

* All our examinations are with the OCR Exam board

* There is no coursework requirement.

## Entry requirements

* A level Mathematics is a demanding course and experience has proved that a grade B at GCSE is the absolute minimum required. Indeed, an A or A* is the recommended pre-requisite for this course.

* Success at GCSE is no guarantee of success at AS/A level. Core Mathematics makes up over 65% of the A level so it is imperative that students embarking on this course have a good understanding of Algebra and Trigonometry.

* FURTHER MATHEMATICS: An A grade in Mathematics at GCSE is essential, indeed an A* is the usual entry grade for this course.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sleaford Joint Sixth form directly.