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A Level Mathematics at The Elmgreen School

Course description

If you have a flair for numbers and problem solving skills, this is definitely for you. It is also a good choice if you want to develop the logical thinking and structured approach to problem solving. These skills are useful for any degree course. Prerequisite for this course would be a good grade in GCSE Maths which shows your mathematical skills to start and successfully complete the course.

What will I learn? You will:
- Recall or recognise most of the mathematical facts, concepts and techniques that are needed, and usually select appropriate ones to use in a variety of contexts.
- Notice and correct errors in the calculations and distil much of the essential mathematical information from extended pieces of prose having mathematical content.
- Manipulate mathematical expressions and use graphs, sketches and diagrams, all with high accuracy and skill.

Course content

First Year: AS (C1, C2, S1): Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and series; trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation; integration. Mathematical models in probability and statistics, representation and summary of data, probability, correlation and regression, discrete random variables, discrete distributions, Normal distribution.

Second Year: A2 (C3, C4, S2): Algebra and Functions, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Numerical methods, Coordinate Geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and Series, Differentiation, Integration, Vectors. The Binomial and Poisson distributions, Continuous Random Variables, Continuous Distributions, Samples, Hypothesis tests.

Entry requirements

Grade B at Maths GCSE.

Future opportunities

Maths earns you more money: A recent report by the Centre for Economic Performance said that that young people with A level maths earn 10 per cent more than their counterparts. The maths skills learned at A level, such as logical thinking, problem solving and statistical analysis, are closer to those actually used in the workplace than skills learned in other subjects.

Maths makes you desirable: This is probably the most marketable A-level in terms of acceptability. It is difficult to think of any course/career where it would not be welcomed in combination with other subjects. Courses/careers in Mathematics, Engineering and most areas of Physics (Further Mathematics is often helpful and often required, for some of these courses), Medicine, Computing, Accountancy, Economics, Business, Banking, Air Traffic Control, Retail Management, Architecture, Surveying, Cartography, Psychology and, of course, Teaching to name but a few. It is well regarded by both institutions and employers.

If you want to go on to study at University then A level mathematics will open more doors than any other subject, and the most important reason of all is that it is exciting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Elmgreen School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015
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