Mathematics A Level at Langley Park School for Boys
A Level Mathematics builds from GCSE (9–1) level mathematics and introduces calculus and its applications. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how mathematics can be applied to model situations using algebra and other representations, to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business. It prepares students for further study and employment in a wide range of disciplines involving the use of mathematics.
The Pure Mathematics part of this course extends the work covered in GCSE Mathematics in fields such as Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, and also introduces new, higher level topics including Calculus and Vectors. The Mechanics aspect of the course puts many of these mathematical ideas into a practical context; this will be of particular relevance to those studying A Level Physics. The Statistics aspect provides a framework for the analysis of data; this will be of particular use to those students studying Geography, Business Studies, Sociology or Biology
Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.
A good knowledge of all aspects of GCSE Mathematics is essential, as is a keen interest in the subject. During the third week of the course, all students take a test covering basic aspects of algebra; this gives an indication of how suitable a student is to follow the course. Students who fail this test will be advised to change to an alternative course.
There will be three examination papers, at the end of the course, to assess all the content:
- Pure Mathematics and Mechanics (01), a 2 hour paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and mechanics.
- Pure Mathematics and Statistics (02), a 2 hour paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and statistics.
- Pure Mathematics and Comprehension (03), a 2 hour paper assessing mathematical processes and pure mathematics.
Students may go on to study this subject at university. It lends itself to a wide variety of careers such as Engineering, Computing, Teaching, Finance and Research & Development. There is a high demand for mathematicians in the workplace.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.