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Mathematics A level at Easthampstead Park Community School

Course description

The mathematics A-Level  is a rewarding and satisfying subject for those who love to solve problems, have a passion for maths and want to complement other A-Levels as it combines well with most other subjects.

Maths will help you develop scientific and mechanical skills in order to solve abstract problems. It is one of the best subjects to develop your logical reasoning and problem solving skills so you can confidently deal with project and budget management. It can even teach you the skills needed for effectively debating!

Course content

You will study six modules covering pure and applied mathematics. Two thirds of the course is core mathematics, and one third is of the course is applied. You can chose to study either Mechanics (recommended for Physics students) or Statistics (recommended for Biology and Psychology students)

Core 1,2,3 & 4

1.       Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Differentiation, Integration

2.       Algebra and Functions, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration

3.       Algebra and Functions, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical Methods

4.       Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation and Integration, Vectors

Mechanics 1&2

1.       Mathematical Modelling, Kinematics in One and Two Dimensions, Statics and Forces, Momentum, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Connected Particle,s Projectiles

2.       Mathematical Modelling, Moments and Centres of Mass, Kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Application of Differential Equations, Uniform Circular Motion, Work and Energy, Vertical Circular Motion

Statistics 1&2

1.       Numerical Measures, Probability, Binomial Distribution, Normal Distribution, Estimation, Correlation and Regression,

2.       Discrete Random Variables, Poisson Distribution, Continuous Random Variables, Estimation, Hypothesis Testing, Chi-Squared Contingency Table Tests

Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

Mathematics is assessed by three modular exams at the end of Y12 and a further three at the end of Y13. Each module is worth one sixth of the overall grade. All exams take place in May and June. There is no coursework.

We regularly test students every term using past exam papers. Students are expected to achieve at least 60% (approximately grade C) to pass.  Resits will be available but students who continually fail these tests are in danger of jeopardising their place on the course.

Future opportunities

Mathematics graduates have jobs in accounting and finance, business, medicine, engineering, forensic science, teaching, research, IT, programming, web and games development, forecasting, design and construction, space sciences and many other disciplines. According to the Russell Group (who represent the UK’s best 24 universities), “Maths is a 'facilitating' subject, which means that it will help you to study lots of other subjects and pursue lots of different careers”. Mathematics teaches you how to think; employers like that! It opens a lot of doors, people with Maths degrees can usually walk into any profession they want.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Easthampstead Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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