Mathematics A Level at Wallingford School
The main reason to study Mathematics should be that you enjoy the subject. If you study something you enjoy you are likely to do better at it. You will be given the opportunity to develop a number of skills including problem solving, logic and analysing situations. Our aim is to develop interest and enthusiasm for the subject. If you are looking further ahead, Mathematics is one of the traditional subjects and a good grade in the subject should boost an application for almost every course. If you have a solid understanding of the GCSE concepts before you start you should do well in the subject.
The course is divided into two areas which include studying the topics listed: Mathematics
• Pure Mathematics
Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, and vectors.
• Statistics and Mechanics
Statistics: statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing.
Mechanics: quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.
Students should have a GCSE grade B or 6 in the subject they are looking to study at Sixth Form. The exceptions are A levels that have not been taken at GCSE level (e.g. Psychology; Media Studies; Sociology). For these courses we will use the most appropriate GCSE qualification to make a decision. For example, GCSE Maths grade 6 to study Psychology and English Language grade 6 to study Media Studies and Sociology.
Three exams, each 2 hours, all equal weighting
Paper 1 Pure Mathematics 1
Paper 2 Pure Mathematics 2
Paper 3 Statistics and Mechanics
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wallingford School directly.