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A Level Mathematics at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

Course description

  •  Develop an understanding of mathematical processes, promoting confidence and enjoyment.
  •  Develop abilities to reason logically, recognise incorrect reasoning, generalise and construct mathematical proofs.
  •  Learn to use a range of mathematical skills/techniques in more difficult and unstructured problems
  •  Develop an understanding of how different areas of mathematics are connected.
  •  Use the process of mathematical modelling.
  •  Communicate effectively using mathematical language.
  •  Read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles.
  •  Use technology appropriately.
  •  Develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study/the world of work.
  •  Learn to take responsibility for individual learning and evaluation of performance.

Course content

Core Pure 1: Algebra; co-ordinate geometry; sequences and series; differentiation; integration.

Core Pure 2: Algebra and functions; co-ordinate geometry; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.

Mechanics 1: Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; statics of a particle; moments.

Core Pure 3: Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.

Core Pure 4: Algebra; co-ordinate geometry; series; differentiation; integration; vector geometry; sequences and series.

Statistics 1: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; Normal distribution.

Entry requirements

  •  The more successful A level candidates will feel comfortable manipulating complicated algebraic expressions. They will have a reasonable spatial awareness, be able to relate graphs and diagrams to abstract ideas, and know how to present their thoughts in a clear and structured way.
  •  Some recall of facts is necessary but problem solving, deeper understanding and logical thought are more important. Such candidates almost always achieve grade A* at GCSE. Equally important is motivation to study the subject. Students must be able to concentrate and persevere with problems that they find difficult, so they must enjoy doing mathematics.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a discipline that is highly valued in commerce and industry. It requires structured, logical thinking and accuracy with detail, which is generally more important than the specific topics taught to develop these skills. Most degree courses will accept A level Mathematics as an entry qualification in combination with a wide range of other subjects. Traditionally, Mathematics has been taken with science A levels, but there is an increasing trend to mix it with Geography, Economics, Languages and other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years