Mathematics at Watford Grammar School for Girls
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Mathematics is a fascinating and relevant subject. It is also a useful tool in many other fields, notably in the sciences, engineering, medicine, economics, business and social studies.
In Year 12 students study three modules which lead to an AS qualification in Mathematics. All students study two Pure Mathematics modules (C1 & C2) as well as an application module in either Statistics (S1) or Mechanics (M1).
C1, C2, S1
C1, C2, M1
In Year 13 students would continue with the study of three further modules leading to an Advanced level qualification in Mathematics. All students would study two more Pure Mathematics modules (C3 & C4) as well as another application module in Statistics or Mechanics.
C3, C4, S2
C3, C4, M2
Pure Mathematics builds on the algebraic skills that girls have learnt at GCSE. There is an emphasis on algebraic fluency and an introduction at AS level to Calculus, Binominal Theorem, Further Trigonometry and Logarithms.
Applied Mathematics (Mechanics or Statistics) involves the simplification of real world problems to produce a model that can then be solved mathematically.
The Mechanics problems that are examined involve the motion and behaviour of simple objects that are affected by important forces acting upon them. The AS Mechanics course comprises a number of topics including a study of the basic equations of motion, Newton's Second Law and an introduction to vectors.
In Statistics, the problems involve the observation and interpretation of data. The skills learnt include the processing and representation of information as well as analysis of correlation and regression. At AS level the course also includes an introduction to Probability, Random Variables and the Normal Distribution.
GCSE Grade A in Mathematics.
Year 12 students must specify on their application whether they wish to follow a course including Mechanics or one including Statistics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Girls directly.