Mathematics A level at Tupton Hall School
Mathematics, and after GCSE, is divided into two sections, which are known as Pure and Applied Mathematics. Pure Mathematics (known more recently to students as Core Mathematics) comprises of the traditional areas of calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. The modules take specific strands of Mathematics and “apply” them to real life situations. Physics and Engineering students will use the techniques of Mechanics, whereas Statistics will be used by Social Sciences and Medicine. Decision Mathematics underpins some of the operations used in ICT and Business Modelling.
Students who chose to study Mathematics at A-Level complete four modules of Core Mathematics and two out of the three Applied Modules. Initially students build on the Mathematical skills covered with the Higher GCSE Syllabus, focusing on their skills in algebraic manipulation, quadratics, simultaneous equations, co-ordinate geometry and trigonometry. These concepts underpin the whole course and are relied upon as new areas of Mathematics are introduced through the study of calculus, polynomials, functions and further Trigonometry. All students are required to study two applied modules from Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics. All the applied modules utilise the skills and understanding developed in the Core Mathematics element of the course, requiring the student to interpret and analysis real life applications of Mathematics.
Grade B Mathematics GCSE is an absolute minimum.
Each module is assessed by a ninety minute examination.
As well as the many and varied applications it supports, Mathematics is a highly regarded subject in its own right and provides an essential foundation for many university courses. Mathematics graduates enjoy a very high level of employment across a wide range of careers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tupton Hall School directly.