# Mathematics AS and A Level at Whitmore High School

## Course description

Mathematics underpins almost every aspect of modern life. Its applications extend from space exploration to the National Lottery. You’ll enjoy this challenging course if you like solving problems in a logical manner, applying mathematical theories to real life situations and constructing rigorous mathematical arguments. You’ll develop your ability to reason logically, to construct mathematical proofs and to use mathematics as an effective means of communication. You’ll extend your skills and techniques and use them in more difficult unstructured problems.

## Course content

During the 1st year students will study AS Mathematics. They will be taught elements from Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Pure Mathematics builds on GCSE Mathematics and covers the topics of Proof, Algebra and Functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and Series, Differentiation, Integration, Trigonometry, Exponentials, Logarithms and Vectors

In Statistics students will cover the topics of Statistical Sampling, Data Presentation and Interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distributions and Statistical Hypothesis Testing.

In Mechanics students will cover Quantities and Units in Mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Law.

Students that carry on with Mathematics A Level in the 2nd year will build upon all the topics from AS. They will also study moments in Mechanics and Numerical methods in Pure Mathematics.

## Assessment

**How will I be assessed? **

Exams 100%

For AS level in Mathematics there will be two papers, a 2 hour Pure Mathematics paper and 1 hour Statistics and Mechanics paper.

For A level in Mathematics there will be three 2hour papers; two Pure Mathematics papers and one Statistics and Mechanics paper.

**Date(s) of Assessment **

May/June

## Future opportunities

Mathematics is well regarded as an indication of potential by both employers and universities. It is useful for entry to any higher education course and leads naturally to careers in accountancy, actuarial science, banking, economics and civil and mechanical engineering.

## How to apply

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