Mathematics A Level at Aylesbury High School
Mathematics is a very satisfying subject, challenging and enjoyable for its own sake. It is also true that an understanding of Mathematics is at the heart of almost every modern industry. Mathematical competence is an essential component in physical sciences, technology and business. It is of growing importance in disciplines such as Biology and medicine.
In today’s world, Mathematics has an important role in providing the Key Skills needed in many different careers. It provides a logical approach and intellectual rigour that contribute to an ability to solve a wide variety of problems.
A graphical calculator is essential for the course, and may be purchased from the school. MEI has a very useful website giving more information about the course and studying Mathematics: www.meiresources.org.uk.
All students in Year 12 will study two Core modules and a Decision module.
The Core modules cover the Pure topics, build on existing algebra skills and introduce the new concepts of Calculus.
The Decision module introduces the application of mathematical modelling to solve real world problems, often arising from decision-making situations in commercial and industrial concerns. The concept of an algorithm and graph theory are introduced and linked to problem-solving.
In Year 13, all students aiming for A Level Mathematics will study two more Core modules. Subject to timetabling constraints, students will have a choice for the sixth module of either studying modules in Mechanics or Statistics.
Interest, enthusiasm and an enjoyment of problem-solving. You must have taken the HIGHER tier at GCSE and gained at least a grade B.
Each module will be assessed by one examination of 1 hour 30 minutes. In addition some modules, but not all, require a single piece of coursework worth 20% of the assessment for that module.
In each case the coursework covers skills of topics that are, by their nature, unsuitable for assessment within a timed examination. This allows students to gain a better understanding of how mathematics is applied in real-life situations.
Depending on the module, the coursework may take the form of an extended question or a project
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury High School directly.