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Mathematics A Level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

Do you enjoy a challenge and want an A Level that is highly regarded by universities and employers alike?

To study Mathematics at Advanced level you must have a determination to succeed and a passion for successfully solving problems. The course is based on the modular Edexcel scheme. There are 3 modules for the AS exam - Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics or Mechanics. In Year 13 there are a further 3 modules for the A2 exam - Core 3, Core 4 and Decision.

The Core units are Pure Mathematics modules. The focus of the Core modules is to further develop elements of the mathematics that you will have explored in the second half of Year 11. It will be a continuation of work on topics such as solving quadratic equations, factorising, sketching curves and trigonometry. You will also extend your mathematical knowledge further by learning how to differentiate and integrate.

Statistics explores some of the handling data GCSE topics that you have already seen, but to a higher level. You will complete calculations that will help you better explore the spread of data and the correlation shown on scatter graphs.

Mechanics is the study of motion. It looks at the way that a physical body moves when subjected to a force. Much of the work is based around Newton’s three laws of motion.

Decision Mathematics looks at algorithms and linear programming, and how this is used to find solutions in a logical way following systematic methods. You will learn how to follow patterns and answer questions in a way that a computer would solve a problem.

Entry requirements

There is no coursework in A Level Mathematics. Students intending to take this subject should have achieved at least a minimum of grade B at GCSE.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is highly regarded and considered a ‘facilitating subject’ for the top universities in the country, regardless of the degree that you wish to study. It provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to progress onto Law and other traditionally ‘humanities’ subjects but also for Medicine and Veterinary Science as well as Business or Management.

Mathematics A-level is an essential requirement for many mathematics and science based courses at degree level. It is also a highly regarded and valuable qualification for a wide range of professions including Engineering, Computing, Economics, Accountancy and Actuarial work and is a suitable qualification for undergraduate courses in subjects such as Psychology, Law, Medicine and Business & Management Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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