# Mathematics A Level at Heanor Gate Science College

## Course description

Aims of the Course

• To develop understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and enjoyment.
• To develop an ability to reason logically and to construct mathematical proofs.
• To extend the range of mathematical skills and techniques and to use them in more difficult unstructured problems.
• To develop skills and knowledge to enable further study.
• To acquire the skills needed to use technology such as graphical calculators and computers effectively.

## Course content

This involves one year of study that is assessed over three modules. The exams for each of the three modules are taken in the summer term. The three modules we offer at AS level are:

• CORE 1 Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Surds and indices, Differentiation, Integration.
• CORE 2 Graphs and transformations, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration.
• STATISTICS 1 Probability, Normal distribution, Binomial distribution, Correlation coefficient, Regression, Central limit theory, Sampling and estimation.

Within the first six weeks of the AS course students will be assessed at three points. These assessments focus largely on topics from the GCSE Mathematics higher course as well as some of the early topics from the Core 1 module. The assessments are used to inform decisions as to whether students are suitable to continue with the course. Mathematics is demanding at AS level and requires students to have good prior knowledge combined with the ability to work independently.

This follows on from the Advanced Subsidiary course and allows those student who have attained well at AS level to further continue their study of Maths for a second year. The A2 modules that are studied are:

• CORE 3 Trigonometry, Differentiation including that of trigonometric functions, Volumes of solids and revolutions, Integration, Further manipulation of exponentials and logarithms.
• CORE 4 Trigonometry continued, Advanced algebra functions, Co-ordinate geometry, Sequences and series, Vectors, Differentiation, Integration.
• DECISION 1 Algorithms, Graphs and networks, Mathematical modelling, Linear programming, Bipartite graphs.

## Entry requirements

AS/A2 Mathematics - GCSE Grade B or above.

## Future opportunities

Can you think of a career where you don’t need maths?

Many applied areas including:

• computing