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Mathematics A Level (Block C or Block E) at Walton High School

Course description

An AS in Mathematics is very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at A Level and degree Level, especially in the sciences, geography, psychology, sociology and medicine.  However it also has a value in its own right because of the special skills required to handle it.

A Level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of courses in Higher Education.  There are also many areas of employment that see a mathematics A Level as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas.

Course content

All students will study pure mathematics (⅔ of course), statistics and mechanics topics.  There is no coursework and all exams are taken in June.

PURE MATHEMATICS

When studying pure mathematics at AS and A Level you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus, exponentials and logarithms.  If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving and proof at GCSE using such mathematical techniques then you should find the prospect of this course very appealing.

Although many of the ideas you will meet in pure mathematics are interesting in their own right, they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of mathematics, especially mechanics and statistics.

MECHANICS

When you study mechanics you will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet.  You will learn the technique of mathematical modelling, that is, of turning a complicated physical problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematical methods.

 

Many of the ideas you will meet in mechanics form an almost essential introduction to such important modern fields of study as cybernetics, robotics, biomechanics and sports science, as well as the more traditional areas of engineering and physics.

STATISTICS 

When you study statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data, including large data sets using technology, in order to arrive at conclusions about it.  You will extend the range of probability problems that you started for GCSE by using the new mathematical techniques studied on the pure mathematics course.

Many of the ideas you will meet in statistics have applications in a wide range of other fields – from assessing what your car insurance is going to cost to how likely the earth is going to be hit by a comet in the next few years.

All exam boards have 100% content specified by the DfE and the board adopted will be decided after publication of this prospectus.

AS Mathematics - taken at the end of the first year

A level Mathematics - taken at the end of the second year

  • Mathematical argument, language and proof
  • Mathematical problem solving
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Use of technology
  • Use of data in statistics

 

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above at GCSE.

In addition a good grasp and enjoyment of algebra and problem solving.

Assessment

Assessment Information AS:

Two exam papers (total 3 hours) covering all AS content

Assessment Information A2:

Three exam papers (total 6 hours) covering all A level content

Financial information

Use of technology permeates through the AS and A level course and students will require a calculator with an iterative function and the ability to compute summary statistics and access probabilities from standard statistical distributions.  Calculators with these functions will be offered for purchase through the department at competitive rates.  More details will be made available at the start of the course.

Future opportunities

There are many areas of employment that see a mathematics A Level as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas.

Higher Education courses or careers that either require A Level Mathematics or are closely related to it include:

  • Economics                              
  • Medicine                                              
  • Material Science
  • Architecture                              
  • Engineering                                          
  • Optometry
  • Accountancy                          
  • Teaching                                              
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology                             
  • Environmental Studies                          
  • Veterinary Science
  • Computing                               
  • Information Technology                        
  • Physiotherapy
  • Geography                               
  • Geology/Earth Sciences

Further information

Support:

Students are often unprepared for the amount of algebra required in this course.  To support them fully, an algebra test is taken before enrolment and, where students are identified, an additional two periods of mathematics support is provided each week during the first half term.

Students are continually assessed and intervention strategies implemented where appropriate

Subject Choices:

Please select one subject per option block (A, B, C, D and E - listed in Course Title) to ensure there is no clash on your timetable.

By and large most students will follow 3 academic A Levels plus will have the opportunity to add to this with the Extended Project and our Enrichment Programme.

A few students may be able to follow a 4th A Level with advice from our Sixth Form Management team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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