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Mathematics A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

Knowledge of Mathematics is fundamental to many areas of higher education and there is a national shortage of trained mathematicians. Mathematics complements studies in many areas such as the sciences, finance, economics and business, computer studies and engineering. A degree in Mathematics itself can give graduates a highly increased earning capacity and provides career choices which are the envy of many other graduates. Mathematics also plays a key role in virtually all areas of science, industry and commerce, in hospitals, city councils, high technology, design, aviation, manufacturing, in fact, pretty well any area you can think of. This is why mathematics forms such an important prerequisite for so many degrees and why candidates with an A Level in Mathematics are so keenly sought by admissions tutors.

Course content

The mathematics A Level course content is structured to allow for three overarching themes:

• Mathematical argument, language and proof: the encouragement of mathematical thinking. Students will be encouraged to make mathematical statements, and use their knowledge of pure mathematics to prove them or disprove them.

• Mathematical problem-solving: Students will be encouraged to use the itinerary of their mathematical knowledge to overcome problems they encounter. The course promotes making logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems, and communicating the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly. This may be within pure mathematics, or within the applications of Mathematics - Mechanics and Statistics which are now embedded within the course. A ‘large data set’ of statistics will be used to assist this, and allow students to use their skills in the context of real world problems.

• Mathematical modelling: The modelling cycle involves: 

  • Taking a problem from the physical world. 
  • Making simple assumptions and defining constants and variables to translate it into a mathematical problem. 
  • Solving or analysing this problem using pure mathematical techniques. 
  • Interpreting the outcome in terms of the real situation. 
  • Carrying out further iterations using different assumptions or a new mathematical model if the output is not in line with the real situation.

Mathematical modelling happens a lot even at GCSE without truly formalising the process. For example, when finding the area of a circular patio stone, it is modelled as a perfect circle even though in reality this will not be the case. Additionally, students will be guided on how to discuss the limitations of a mathematical model.

The three overarching themes all interlink across the whole course content and complement each other in a number of ways. The aim of the course is ultimately to promote mathematical thinking as well as prepare students for higher level mathematics at university and beyond. The course will provide access to a range of technologies which support problem solving, mathematical modelling and are forward thinking with regard to how important a role technology now plays in the world around us.

Entry requirements

GCSE Mathematics Grade 7

Assessment

3 exams at the end of Year 13:

2 Pure Mathematics papers

1 Applied Mathematics papers

Future opportunities

Knowledge of Mathematics is fundamental to many areas of higher education and there is a national shortage of trained mathematicians. As one of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Mathematics naturally leads to many subjects at University such as the Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Finance, Economics and Business. All Mathematics students will sit the same core mathematics units which focus on algebra and introduce calculus. Students will complement their core modules with either statistics or mechanics – this choice is made later.

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2019 open on Monday 1 October 2018 and close on Friday 11 January 2019. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2019:

6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 with at least 3 subjects at Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher. Some subjects have specific requirements (as shown on the individual subject page) and we strongly advise that students have at least a GCSE Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Edexcel 9MA0

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    • DIRECTIONS FROM A316 Leave the A316 at the St Margarets Roundabout. Join the A3004 (St Margarets Road). Pass St Margarets station on the right. Turn right onto Crown Road (A3004) Turn right onto Richmond Road (A305). Orleans Park is located on the left hand side. BY TRAIN Twickenham is served by trains from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ascot & Reading. BY BUS Services 33, 490, H22, R68 & R70 all stop outside the school on Richmond Road.