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Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Level at The Bishop Wand Church of England School

Course description

Although traditionally seen as complimenting the sciences Mathematics forms a compatible combination with many other subjects and is nowadays particularly popular with employers. The statistics element of the course may be particularly helpful with Geography, Biology and Psychology while the mechanics units are helpful for students who hope to study Physics or Engineering.

Course content

In Mathematics A Level, students study a combination of pure mathematics and application. Algebra and trigonometry are continued in greater depth and the powerful techniques of Calculus are introduced. The Statistics unit involves further work on probability and data representation. New topics such as correlation, regression and discrete random variables are introduced.

In the second year the work done on Calculus is developed further and vector theory is introduced. The basic principles of Newtonian Mechanics are taught and topics such as equations of motion, moments and momentum are covered.

Entry requirements

A Level Maths GCSE Mathematics 5/6 from Higher Tier
A Level Further Maths GCSE Mathematics 7/8

Assessment

Pure Maths 1 (33.3%) 2 hour exam
Pure Maths 2 (33.3%) 2 hour exam
Statistics and Mechanics (33.3%) 2 hour exam

Further Pure 1 (25%) 1.5 hour exam
Further Pure 2 (25%) 1.5 hour exam
Further Maths Option 1 (25%) 1.5 hour exam
Further Maths Option 2 (25%) 1.5 hour exam

Future opportunities

Mathematics is welcomed by Higher Education for admission to degrees in the sciences, Geography, Economics and Business Studies, as well as being an essential requirement to engineering degree courses. Students intending to study mathematics at degree level should consider taking either an AS or A Level in Further Mathematics.

Further information

Team & Individual Maths Challenge
Visit to the David & Claudia Harding Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum University Masterclasses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop Wand Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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