Mathematics A Level at Holy Family Catholic High School
You should choose to study Mathematics because you enjoy it and not just because you think you are good at it and that it will be useful. You need to be able to think logically, be happy paying attention to detail and relish solving problems. You will need to be prepared to spend time understanding mathematical methods and learning techniques of Mathematical analysis. You will learn to appreciate the rigour of mathematical argument and develop an understanding of Mathematical modeling.
All AS students are required to take two compulsory Pure Mathematics Units (Core 1 and Core 2), which extend your knowledge of Algebra and Trigonometry as well as introducing important new areas such as Calculus and Numerical Methods. The third AS unit is
an Applied module which is either Decision Maths, Statistics or Mechanics.
In the second year, for A2, you do two more compulsory Pure units (Core 3 and Core 4) along with one Applied unit not previously studied. We use a wide variety of teaching methods in the classroom. Students can also study Further Mathematics in our Sixth Form.
A*, A, or possibly B at GCSE provides the ideal basis for being able to successfully access the subject at AS Level. However, this is negotiable with the department.
An APS (average point score) of 43+ is recommended.
A recent survey found that Mathematics is one of the most desirable disciplines sought by employers. Mathematical ability is very highly regarded by all universities and employers. An A-Level in Maths is essential for many degree courses (such as Physics, Engineering and, of course, Mathematics itself!), and is highly desirable in a wide range of subjects such as Chemistry, natural sciences, architecture, computing, accounting etc. There is a national shortage of mathematicians, and employment prospects are very good.
The background knowledge gained is required for many academic degree courses including most Science and Engineering degrees as well as some competitive Economics, Finance and Computing degrees. You will also develop some highly relevant skills for a wide variety of other university courses such as Psychology. If you are thinking of studying Mathematics at university, you should also consider doing A Level Further Mathematics as well. Proof of your ability to think logically is increasingly required in all jobs and an ‘A’ level in Mathematics is well respected by employers in all areas of the workplace.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic High School directly.