King Edward VI High School Mathematics A Level Board TBC (Block E) at The Stafford Partnership
This A level qualification builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the whole GCSE (9–1) subject content.
A Level Mathematics is a linear qualification.
The content is divided into five themes: (1) Mathematical argument, language and proof (2) Mathematical problem solving, (3) Mathematical modelling, (4) Use of technology and (5) Use of data in statistics
These themes which are then addressed through three compulsory areas of mathematical study: All students will study pure mathematics (⅔ of the course), statistics and mechanics topics.
When studying pure mathematics at 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, exponentials and logarithms. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving and proof at GCSE using such mathematical techniques, then you should find the prospect of this course very appealing.
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.
When you study statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data, including large data sets using technology, in order to arrive at conclusions about it. You will extend the range of probability problems that you started for GCSE by using the new mathematical techniques studied on the pure mathematics course.
The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).
To study mathematics, you will be required English and to achieve a grade 6 at GCSE.
There will be three examination papers (total 6 hours), at the end of the course, to assess all the content.
Opportunities from Maths A level include progression to higher educationand careers in Engineering; Mathematical Analysis; Teaching; Statistician and Auctuarism.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.