# AS and A2 Level Mathematics at William Farr CofE Comprehensive School

## Course description

The aim of this course is to develop students’ mathematical and analytical abilities, both in terms of pure mathematics and an application of Mathematics.

The course is designed to provide a progression from the A/A* work covered in GCSE Higher Mathematics.

Mathematics is a very useful tool that is utilised in a wide range of other subjects and future careers. It is also, however, a powerful and interesting subject in its own right that will challenge your thinking and develop your ability to problem solve and deliver clear and rigorous mathematical arguments.

**Pure Mathematics** provides the algebraic skills and techniques you need in order to solve mathematical problems. It also provides an introduction to the concept of mathematical proof.

**Applied Mathematics** covers two areas - Mechanics and Statistics.

**Mechanics** has some links with Physics and looks at the mathematics of the physical world – how objects move and the forces that act upon them. Real life situations are modelled mathematically and problems are solved through application of the algebraic techniques from pure maths.

**Statistics** also models situations mathematically and is used to solve real life problems through numerical analysis and applications of probability theory.

To be successful at Mathematics at this level you will need to be prepared to work very hard and get real enjoyment from exploring abstract mathematical concepts and the way they can be used in the exploration and explanation of the real world.

## Entry requirements

We strongly recommend that students have an A or A* in GCSE Mathematics. We will consider students who achieve a grade B only with a recommendation from their GCSE Mathematics teacher.

## Future opportunities

Higher Education or employment

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Farr CofE Comprehensive School directly.