# Mathematics at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy

## Course description

The main reason for studying mathematics to an advanced level is that it is interesting and enjoyable. Students like its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. The A – Level Mathematics provides not only the generic skills highly sought after by employers but also the mathematical knowledge specifically required for certain careers. Mathematics is about logical analysis, deduction, calculation and has a pervasive influence on our everyday lives. The Mathematics A-Level covers: • Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; vectors and other mathematical methods that can be applied to real world scenarios (Core 1, 2, 3 and 4). • A choice of two applied units from: o Decision Mathematics (D1) which is the art of logic that develops skills in networks, linear programming and algorithms. o Mechanics (M1) which is the study of forces and motion that will, through mathematical modelling, help you explain and predict how and why things occur in our physical environment; this unit best suits students who also study Physics A-Level. o Statistics (S1) which involves the study of random events, techniques for collecting and analysing data and how to interpret data to inform decision making.

## Course content

The main reason for studying mathematics to an advanced level is that it is interesting and enjoyable. Students like its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. The A – Level Mathematics provides not only the generic skills highly sought after by employers but also the mathematical knowledge specifically required for certain careers. Mathematics is about logical analysis, deduction, calculation and has a pervasive influence on our everyday lives. The Mathematics A-Level covers: • Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; vectors and other mathematical methods that can be applied to real world scenarios (Core 1, 2, 3 and 4). • A choice of two applied units from: o Decision Mathematics (D1) which is the art of logic that develops skills in networks, linear programming and algorithms. o Mechanics (M1) which is the study of forces and motion that will, through mathematical modelling, help you explain and predict how and why things occur in our physical environment; this unit best suits students who also study Physics A-Level. o Statistics (S1) which involves the study of random events, techniques for collecting and analysing data and how to interpret data to inform decision making.

## Entry requirements

GCSE Maths  – B, but you need to have covered the full A*/A content of the GCSE syllabus.

GCSE English – C

## Assessment

In year 12 you will study three units: two core (C1 and C2) and one applied (M1 or S1). Each unit will be assessed at the end of Year 12 through a written examination lasting 1.5 hours. The overall result will form your AS grade. In year 13 you will study three units: two core (C3 and C4) and one applied (D1). Each unit will be assessed at the end of Year 13 through a written examination lasting 1.5 hours. The overall result, in addition to your AS result, will form your final A-Level grade.

## Financial information

There may be bursaries available for students subject to meeting specific criteria.

## Future opportunities

Research shows that people with an A- Level in mathematics go on to earn significantly more than their peers with equivalent qualifications. A- Level mathematics can be the building block for careers in Economics, Engineering Accounting, Actuarial Science, Astronomy, Psychology and Education, to name but a few.