# Mathematics A2 level at Kings Langley School

## Course description

Mathematics at AS and A level is a course worth studying in its own right. It is challenging but interesting. It builds on work you will have met at GCSE, but also involves new ideas that some of the greatest minds of the millennium have produced. It serves as a very useful support for many other qualifications as well as being a sought-after qualification for the workplace and courses in Higher Education.

While studying mathematics you will be expected to:

• Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems
• Solve quite complicated problems by using mathematical arguments and logic. You will also have to understand and demonstrate what is meant by proof in mathematics.
• Simplify real life situations so that you can use mathematics to show what is happening and what might happen in different circumstances.
• Use the mathematics that you learn to solve problems that are given to you in a real-life context.
• Use calculator technology and other resources (such as formulae booklets or statistical tables) effectively and appropriately; understand its limitations and when it is inappropriate to use such technology.

## Course content

Mathematics at A2 is divided into two branches:

Pure Mathematics

When studying pure mathematics at AS and A level you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE using such mathematical techniques then you should find the prospect of this course very appealing.

Although many of the ideas you will meet in pure mathematics are interesting in their own right they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of mathematics, especially mechanics and statistics.

Mechanics

When you study mechanics you will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet. You will learn the technique of mathematical modelling; that is, of turning a complicated physical problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematical methods.

Many of the ideas you will meet in the course form an almost essential introduction to such important modern fields of study as cybernetics, robotics, biomechanics and sports science, as well as the more traditional areas of engineering and physics.

## Entry requirements

Mathematics GCSE at grade A or A*

## Assessment

Edexcel

There are 3 examinations, two in Pure Mathematics and one in Mechanics.

## Future opportunities

A level mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full-time courses in Higher Education. There are also many areas of employment that see a mathematics A level as an important qualification.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kings Langley School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016

## Key information

• Start date: Next September
• Duration: 1-2 years