# Mathematics AS/A2 at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

## Course description

It is expected that students will achieve an A* or A grade in GCSE Mathematics in order to take this subject in the Sixth Form. A B grade is minimum.

Style of Course

The course reflects the view that as well as a subject which can be studied and enjoyed for its own sake, mathematics can also be used to model and solve problems in the real world. The Pure Mathematics modules will develop the skills and techniques necessary to manipulate and solve mathematically formulated problems. We trust that our students will develop an understanding of coherence and progression which will enable them to see ways in which mathematical reasoning can be used to inter-relate different areas of mathematics. In order to allow students to apply mathematics in contexts that interest them, two options are offered. The Statistics modules illustrate the application of mathematical probability to the drawing of inferences from data. The Mechanics modules allow students to apply mathematics to physical problems. This involves abstraction from a real-world situation to a mathematical description, selecting and using an appropriate model.

Some students turn to a study of Decision Mathematics which includes investigating networks, algorithms and linear programming.

Opportunities for alternative studies in mathematics

Students can study Further Mathematics or Statistics, at A Level or AS.

Further Mathematics:

This is an additional qualification which pupils can complete during their A level studies. This requires students to study an additional 6 modules on top of the 6 needed to achieve an A level in Mathematics. At the end of the course they will have gained 2 A levels, one in Mathematics and one in Further Mathematics.

Further Mathematics is mainly studied by pupils who wish to study a degree with a large amount of mathematical content but it is also studied by students looking to challenge themselves within the subject. It allows pupils to study a wider range of mathematics including a range of applied modules such as mechanics, statistics or decision maths.

Structure of the Examination

GCE Advanced courses comprise six assessment units, three for AS and three for A2.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014

## Key information

• Start date: Next September
• Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks