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Mathematics at Adams' Grammar School

Course description

A good grasp and enjoyment of algebra is important.  Students should enjoy problem solving and want to develop their ability to think logically.  They should also enjoy a challenge and the satisfaction that comes from mastering a problem in the knowledge that the answer must be correct.

Course content

The course consists of a study of calculus, algebra and geometry (Core Mathematics) plus some Applied Mathematics.  Core Mathematics builds directly on material learned at GCSE, particularly algebra, and is assessed in four modules.  Applied Mathematics may comprise one or more modules of Statistics, Mechanics or Decision Mathematics.

Entry requirements

An A* or A at GCSE is preferred and a B grade is the absolute minimum requirement for studying Mathematics in the sixth form. Mathematics is very demanding and requires a willingness to work hard and consistently throughout the course.

Assessment

The examination board is Edexcel. Syllabus: Mathematics AS/A2 Level GCE. Code: 8371/9371

Three modules are taken in summer of Lower Sixth.
Three modules are taken in June of Upper Sixth.

There is no coursework at AS or A2 level.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is the language of the universe, so said Galileo. Today this is more apparent than ever. This is partly due to the rise of computers, which require everything (be it search engines, games, accountancy software or music) to be put into the language of mathematics. Many of the things whichare essential to us as a society are incerasingly required to be based on hard, verifiable evidence (policy decisions in public and private sectors, economic forecasts.)

Mathematically able people are required in almost every aspect of modern life. Studies have shown that, on average, mathematicians earn more than many other graduate disciplines.

Further information

You may wish to visit www.mathscareers.org.uk/for more information. Also contact Head of Department Dr Burrows. Please visit also the Edexcel website: www.edexcel.com

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Adams' Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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