# Mathematics A level at Oldfield School

## Course description

**What will I study?**

The AS course is comprised of 3 units: Core Mathematics 1, Core Mathematics 2 and either Statistics 1 or Decision Mathematics 1.

**Core Mathematics 1:** Algebra, quadratic functions, equations and inequalities, curve sketching, coordinate geometry, sequences and calculus.

**Core Mathematics 2:** Algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods.

**Statistics 1:** Mathematical modelling, representation of data, methods of summarising data, probability, correlation and regression.

**Decision Mathematics 1:** Algorithms, the route inspection problem, critical path analysis, linear programming, matchings.

The A2 course is comprised of 3 units: Core Mathematics 3, Core Mathematics 4 and either Statistics 1 , Decision Mathematics 1 or Mechanics 1 depending on the unit taken at AS level.

**Core Mathematics 3:** Algebraic fractions, functions, exponentials and logarithms, numerical methods, trigonometry, transformations of graphs and differentiation.

**Core Mathematics 4:** Algebra and Functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, differentiation, integration and vectors.

**Decision Mathematics 1 and Statistics 1 as above. **

**Mechanics 1:** Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.

## Entry requirements

Ideally a GCSE grade A or above but students achieving a grade B will be accepted on the recommendation of their teacher. All students will be expected to complete some work in the summer holiday, before starting the AS course.

## Assessment

**Examination Board - Edexcel**

All modules are weighted equally and comprise one third of the AS grade. Exams are taken in June.

## Future opportunities

Mathematics A level leads to the study of Mathematics in its own right or as a support to many other courses, such as Science, Business Studies, Medicine and Accountancy. Careers in the financial sector e.g. Banking and Insurance often look for a mathematical qualification beyond GCSE.

## Further information

**Am I suited to this course?**

You would be well-suited to studying Mathematics at A level if you:

- have a logical mind and enjoy using Mathematics to solve problems in real life situations
- want to develop your problem solving techniques

**What other subjects does it complement? **

Mathematics complements a wide range of subjects. The pure elements of the course combine well with Chemistry and Physics. There are also links to other subjects including Biology, Geography, Psychology and Sociology.

## How to apply

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