# Mathematics A Level at The Sandon School

## Course description

Mathematics is a challenging but rewarding subject, building on the foundations students have in place from GCSE. For this reason, students ideally need to have achieved GCSE Mathematics grade A or A*. A Level Mathematics extends many of the topics previously studied at GCSE, and introduces students to new areas of mathematics, such as calculus and mechanics. Other subjects that work well alongside A Level Mathematics include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Computing, Geography and other Social Sciences.

## Course content

AS LEVEL

Core Maths 1

- algebra and functions

- co-ordinate geometry

- sequences and series

- differentiation; integration

Core Maths 2

- algebraic functions and Remainder Theorem

- co-ordinate geometry of the circle

- Binomial expansion

- trigonometry

- applications of differentiation

- definite integration

Statistics 1

- representation and summary of data

- probability

- correlation and regression

- discrete random variables

- normal distribution

A2 LEVEL

Core Maths 3

- rational expressions

- functions (inverse, composite, modulus)

- transformations of graphs

- trigonometry

- exponentials and logarithms

- further differentiation

- differentiation methods; numerical methods

## Entry requirements

It is very difficult to succeed at A Level Mathematics without a strong grasp of higher level GCSE Mathematics, particularly algebra. Therefore, only students gaining A* or A at GCSE will be given automatic entry onto the course. Students gaining a grade B will be considered provided they have studied the full higher tier GCSE Mathematics course, have successfully completed the summer holiday bridging pack, and have had a conversation with either Miss Flawn or Mrs Forrester before beginning the course.

## Future opportunities

Students with an A Level in Mathematics can progress to degrees such as Mathematics and Engineering; as well as the Sciences, Social Sciences (e.g., Economics) or Computing. Very good careers beckon A Level mathematicians - e.g., Actuaries, Accountants.

## How to apply

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