Mathematics A Level at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
What is the course about?
The Mathematics course provides a good foundation for either the Science or Humanities based Mathematicians or for students who enjoy Mathematics in its own right just as much as we do. All students will study one Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics modules for their A level. The Pure maths cover areas such as Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. There are a number of areas on the Pure papers which relate to the GCSE Higher paper: factorisation, inequalities, sketching and transformation of graphs, trigonometry and surds will seem quite familiar.
Mechanics and Statistics include Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, Statistical hypothesis testing, Kinematics and Forces and Newton’s laws.
The new specification has 100% prescribed content and therefore students do not have a choice of topics.
For whom is the course suitable?
The course is suitable for students who have achieved at least a grade 7 in the GCSE course. An algebra booklet is issued to prospective students during Induction week and is expected to be completed over the summer. A test on GCSE Algebra skills will be administered during the first week in September so that students can make an informed decision whether the mathematics course is for them. Weekly after-school algebra workshops are available throughout Term 1. An enjoyment of problem solving, particularly involving algebraic techniques is very useful.
Teaching Methods and Homework commitment
A variety of approaches are used, including note-taking, practice of different types of questions and use of computer software and graphical calculators. Emphasis is placed on a two-way approach to learning i.e. the student should consult staff in the department when further assistance is needed in understanding a topic and will be encouraged to read around the subject by studying the textbook which includes numerous back-up examples. Homework will largely be a series of problems from the textbook or past papers and will be set every lesson. Classwork exercises need to be completed in addition to the homework set.
What could I go on to do at the end of the course?
Mathematics can lead you into many different fields and in a quote “It is the Queen and Servant of Science”. Areas to explore are Mathematics, Engineering, Economics, Maths and Finance, Maths and Philosophy and Management as well as the usual Accountancy and Banking.
Method of Study and Assessment
A level Course
Both Pure exams are 2 hours long and account for 66.7% of the A level course. Mechanics and Statistics exam is 1 hour long and accounts for 33.3% of the A level course.
Paper 1 and 2 - Pure Maths
Algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Series and Vectors, Proof and exponentiasls and logarithims
Paper 3 Statistics and Mechanics
Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, Statistical hypothesis, Kinematics and Forces and Newton's law, moments
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How to apply
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