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Mathematics AS/A2 Level (EDEXCEL) at The North Halifax Grammar School

Course description

Mathematics Courses Syllabus: EDEXCEL (London)

Modular Mathematics Advanced Subsidiary requires the completion of 3 modules Advanced Level requires the completion of 6 modules

Aims and Objectives

NHGS provides AS level and A level Mathematics courses which will: (i) enable students to acquire knowledge and skills with confidence, satisfaction and enjoyment; (ii) give students experience of mathematical activity and develop resourcefulness in solving problems; (iii) enable students to apply mathematics and recognise its significance to other disciplines; (iv) develop students' understanding of mathematical reasoning; (v) provide students with a foundation for the continuing study of mathematics.

Courses offered • AS level Mathematics: 3 modules C1 C2 M1 or C1 C2 S1 • A level Mathematics: 6 modules C1 C2 C3 C4 M1 M2 or C1 C2 C3 C4 S1 S2 • A level Mathematics and AS level Further Mathematics: 9 modules C1 C2 C3 C4 FP1 and 4

Applications units • A level Mathematics and A. level Further Mathematics: 12 modules C1 C2 C3 C4 FP1 FP2 and 6 Applications units.

Syllabus Content

Core Modules: C1, C2, C3 and C4 The main areas of study are algebra, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, calculus, vectors and direct methods of proof. Further Pure Modules: FP1 This module contains the compulsory core material for Further Mathematics AS. The main areas of study are Series; complex numbers; numerical solution of equations; Coordinate systems, matrix algebra, proof. FP2 This module is taken by A2 Further mathematicians only. The main areas of study are: Inequalities; series, first order differential equations; second order differential equations; further complex numbers, Maclaurin and Taylor series. Applications Units: M1, M2 and M3 The mechanics modules apply mathematical concepts and methods to modelling physical situations such as the motion and equilibrium of objects. Many of the techniques learned in the core modules are used in the problems solved in the Mechanics course. The study of Mechanics is the natural choice for students studying Physics and those with an interest in any branch of engineering. S1, S2 and S3 These modules cover the processing and interpreting of numerical data and the laws of probability, making them particularly suitable for those studying Geography, Biology and Economics, Social Science subjects or for those considering a career in finance. D1 Algorithms; algorithms on graphs; the route inspection problem; critical path analysis; linear programming; matchings. Method of Assessment All modules are weighted equally. Each module has a 1½ hour examination . The examination for Core 1 is non calculator. Comment For all AS and A level Mathematics courses, a thorough understanding of Mathematics at GCSE level is essential. An interest in the subject, a willingness to persevere despite difficulties and a consistent effort throughout the two-year course will be needed to ensure success. There's a big jump between GCSE and AS-level Maths so in order to get off to the best possible start with the Core 1 module students are encouraged to revisit A and A* GCSE algebra topics; as fluency with algebra really is the key to success . Resources such as the CGP ‘Head Start to AS Maths’ provide lots of worked examples and practise questions to help in bridging the gap between KS4 and KS5. Students opting for AS and A level Mathematics have the opportunity to extend their understanding of a unique language and problem solving tool. Mathematical techniques are widely used in science, engineering, accountancy, medicine and information technology. Qualifications in Mathematics are relevant and highly valued in many fields - such qualifications are evidence of good problem solving skills and the ability to think logically. Candidates need to discuss their choice of modules with a member of the Mathematics Department to ensure that they embark upon a course which is suitable for them. Any student interested in A. level Mathematics or Further Mathematics may obtain information from Mrs H J Ablewhite or Mr G Weeden.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 22 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years