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Mathematics A Level at Mascalls Academy

Course description

Pure and applied mathematics that will develop your skills in calculus, geometry, mechanics, statistics, making financial decisions and many more areas – as well as the application of these skills in the wider environment. 

Course content

Year 1

The first year of the course develops skills learned in GCSE and introduces several new areas such as circle geometry, further equations and surds. New ways of calculating y=mx+c will be explored alongside equations of circles and their tangents. Differentiation and integration studies commence too.

Students will then progress onto radian measure and exponential growth and decay. Revision of transformation of graphs from GCSE will be looked into alongside binomial expansions, trigonometric identities and areas under graphs.

The statistics element explores the application of statistical procedures to solving everyday problems. Students will engage with topics such as correlation and regression, normal and binomial distributions, confidence interval, variance and standard deviation.

The new A Level has a stronger emphasis on using a large data set to help demonstrate the statistical concepts covered in the specification. During the mechanics element, students will explore the application of many different mathematical models to help them solve problems from within the mechanical world, linking in very well with some physics topics. The unit covers topics such as Newton’s laws of motion, kinematics and projectiles.

Year 2

Students will develop the skills that they have learned in the first year furthering their understanding of topics such as trigonometry, logarithms and function transformations.

The second year of the A Level also introduces new concepts such as vector geometry and proof alongside further exploration of rationalising expressions, parametric equations and trigonometric identities.

Entry requirements

You must achieve at least a level 6 in Maths at GCSE to be accepted on to the course., however a level 7 is preferred.
 

Assessment

Assessment is linear with three examinations at the end of the two years. There is no coursework.

 

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a very popular subject to study. Once you have completed this course, you could go on to study Mathematics at university, the respect for the subject reaches far and wide. You will find that many courses in Higher Education have mathematical elements to them and A Level Mathematics will prepare you for this. Employers also favour Mathematics qualifications due to the analytical skills the holders of the qualification have.  

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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