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Mathematics/Mathematics with Further Mathematics at Spalding High School

Course description

INTRODUCTION

AS and A2 mathematics provide a body of learning, not only for the specialist in mathematics, but also to satisfy the needs of those whose main interests lie in other areas. Although a significant number of students do choose mathematics alongside scientific subjects, increasingly, those studying arts, humanities and languages are opting to take mathematics to complement their studies. Mathematics with further mathematics is a double A level and is often associated with universities and university courses that require the highest levels of academic achievement.

SKILLS NEEDED

The chances of success in mathematics depend on many factors, but the most important are ability, aptitude, attitude and attendance. A sound understanding of GCSE mathematics studied at the higher tier is essential to enable a smooth transition from GCSE to AS level. It is important to have a real interest in mathematics and a desire to explore the subject further. A commitment to hard work throughout the course is essential. If you enjoy solving challenging and thought provoking problems, you will find the course useful, stimulating, exciting, and above all, beautiful.

Course content

SUBJECT CONTENT OF AS

The course can be divided into pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics.

Pure mathematics and statistics are natural progressions from the algebraic and statistical techniques learned at GCSE. Both modules will equip students with valuable skills that can be applied to subjects such as geography, biology, sociology, psychology, chemistry, physics, and sports science.

Mechanics is concerned with the motion of objects and the forces that cause these objects to move or remain static. Fundamental to mechanics are Newton’s laws of motion, but the emphasis is on the mathematical calculations that result from these laws, rather than an in depth study of the laws themselves. Students studying both mathematics and physics will find a small overlap in the course content, although it is not necessary to study physics to gain a full understanding of the mechanics course.

TEACHING METHODS

Due to its diverse and challenging nature, mathematics is recognised by colleges, employers and institutes of higher and further education as a major asset in a student’s educational profile. Within school we acknowledge that many, but not all, students will go on to study mathematics, or a related subject, at university level. Therefore, the courses are taught by a variety of methods and techniques.

Students will develop a conceptual understanding by working through different problems, researching their solutions and discussing a variety of mathematical ideas with staff and other members of the group. At the end of each topic, questions are set at examination level to assess understanding.

For students considering Oxbridge, Oxford entrance and Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) tuition is available.

Entry requirements

To achieve at least 6 grades, A* to C, at GCSE, including English language and mathematics.

To study AS mathematics, at least GCSE grade A in mathematics. To study further mathematics, you must attain an A* grade at GCSE.

Students are required to have a reference/report which clearly shows that they are suitable to undertake academic studies at A Level standard.

Assessment

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

The examinations are modular. Each module paper is 1½hours long. There is no coursework .

The following modules are examined in Year 12:

Mathematics, leading to an award of AS mathematics

Two pure mathematics modules, Core 1 and Core 2 One applied module, Statistics 1.

Mathematics with Further Mathematics, leading to an award of AS/A2 mathematics

Four pure mathematics modules, Core 1, Core 2, Core 3 and Core 4

Two applied modules, Statistics 1 and Mechanics 1

All mathematics students will be entered for the senior maths challenge in November.

Future opportunities

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Mathematics A level is highly sought after qualification in a wide variety of fields, particularly for university entrance. It complements and adds weight to both scientific and arts subjects for entrance to courses such as law, medicine, veterinary science, social sciences, accounting, economics, teaching, planning and design, civil service and government. It is considered a major asset to any career that requires the ability to think clearly and creatively in solving problems.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 December 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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