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Mathematics A Level at Highfields School

Course description

Mathematics plays a pivotal role in explaining the structure of the universe as well as more everyday matters such as financial forecasts and medical developments. Mathematicians are valued for their ability to think analytically and with rigour.

The Mathematics Department has a number of experienced A Level teachers, all of whom are willing to support students both within and beyond lessons. The addidition of two graduate tutors has added a further dynamic to this team. 

Textbooks will be issued for each module. 'MyMaths' (available on the Internet) is also very helpful for independent study and practice.

Course content

A Level Mathematics builds upon skills developed at GCSE though generally, in a more theoretical manner.

There are three lessons per week. Two of them aredevoted to ‘Core Mathematics’. Core 1 and Core2 modules develop aspects of algebra,trigonometry and calculus. Most students studyStatistics 1 as the applied module at AS Level.

The second year of the course follows a similarpattern and is made up of Core 3, Core 4 andMechanics 1 modules.

New ideas and skills are usually introduced by the teacher. Student understanding will be developed by discussion and question and answer sessions. Further lesson and homework time will involve you practicsing a wide range of questions linked to each topic. These will include past examination questions.

You will be expected to seek out help as you require it from teachers and also the graduate tutors that we employ to support Sixth Form mathematics students.

Entry requirements

At least a grade B at GCSE Mathematicsand English, plus an average GCSE point score of 46.

Students who opt for A Level Mathematics should be willing to work hard,both within and beyond lessons.

All Science subjects, Geography, Psychology, Economics and Business Studies. Analytical, mathematical thinking also links well with subjects such as Law.

Assessment

OCR Exam Board

External assessment is by an examination in each module (each 90 minutes long).

Three modules (Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1) are examined at the end of Year 12 (AS Level) with the other three, at the end of Year 13 (A2).

Future opportunities

As AS or A Level in mathematics forms a good grounding for many university courses. The initial stages of many aspects of research, business and industry rely on mathematicians to create mathematical models (often using computer programmes). For example, the ealry stages of aircraft or car designs will all be based on such models.

The choice of potential careers for mathematicians is vast (and generally well paid!). These range from accountancy, manufacturing design, teaching, research work (e.g. for energy companies) to computer games design.

Further information

AS and A Level Mathematics are always very popular subjects with a large uptake. There are always a number of students who achieve the highest A Level grade (A*).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 July 2015
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Key information

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

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