# Mathematics A Level at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr

## Course description

The AS and A level courses provided by the school will encourage candidates to :

- develop their understanding of Mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment;

- develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs;

- extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems;

- develop an understanding of coherence and progression in Mathematics and of how different areas of Mathematics can be connected;

- recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between 'real world' problems and standard other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved;

- use Mathematics as an effective means of communication;

- read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of Mathematics;

- use technology such as calculators and computers when appropriate, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations;

- develop an awareness of the relevance of Mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general;

- take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.

## Entry requirements

Students embarking on either an AS or full Advanced Level course will be expected to have achieved at least Grade C in GCSE Mathematics (preferably B grade or higher) . They will be expected to be confident in the use of the majority of material covered in the Higher Tier of GCSE Mathematics. Students embarking on the Further Mathematics Advanced Level course will be expected to have achieved Grade A or A* in GCSE Mathematics.

## Assessment

Both the AS and A2 courses are unit based and assessment consists of 1 2 1 hour papers of 75 marks each for each unit. These may be retaken more than once and will be graded on the six point scale A-E. The units available are Pure (C), Further Pure (FP), Mechanics (M), and Statistics (S). 20% of the A2 assessment will be synoptic i.e. requiring the use and application of methods developed at earlier stages of the course to enable the candidate to display an understanding of the connections between different elements of the subject. This will be assessed at the end of the course within two of the final units. Students will be given opportunities to contribute to their Key Skills portfolios by producing a Level 3 Applying Number project which will arise naturally from the AS work of Year 12.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr directly.