# Maths at Moseley School and Sixth Form

## Course description

EDEXCEL Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Mathematics Further Study/Work 16-19 year old Students AS/A2. Examination Please contact the School for further information This course extends the study of Mathematics to a higher level. It concentrates on the three key areas of Pure Mathematics

**General Information **

**Maths earns you more money**

Yes, there are good economic reasons for studying maths. A recent report by the Centre for Economic Performance made front page news in the Times Educational Supplement.

Times Educational Supplement article on A-level maths of Feb 19 1999

The report said that that young people with A level maths earn 10 per cent more than their mathematically challenged counterparts.

• Maths conferred a clear advantage even when taken by weaker students. People who scraped a pass still enjoyed a higher income later in life;

• A shortage of highly numerate candidates in the jobs market means employers pay a premium for the problem solving and number crunching skills of A level mathematicians;

• A possible explanation is that the maths skills learned at A level, such as logical thinking, problem solving and statistical analysis, may be closer to those actually used in the workplace than skills learned in other subjects.

The Guardian newspaper summarized the situation as 'Shirking maths at school doesn't add up in your pay packet'

**Maths makes you desirable**

Dorset Careers Service advice about A level mathematics is:

This is probably the most marketable A-level in terms of acceptability. It is difficult to think of any course/career where it would not be welcomed in combination with other subjects.

Mathematics A-level would be applicable for the following:

• Courses/careers in Mathematics, Engineering and most areas of Physics (Further Mathematics is often helpful and often required, for some of these courses).

• Computing, Accountancy, Economics, Business, Banking, Air Traffic Control, Retail Management, Architecture, Surveying, Cartography, Psychology and, of course, Teaching to name but a few.

## Course content

**Mathematics is beautiful**

Mathematicians often say this especially when talking about a particular result. Indeed,
G.H.Hardy once wrote "*There is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics*". The beauty lies, not in the shape of the symbols, but in the ideas behind them.

Alan Goodman is a multi-millionaire businessman and chairman of two quoted companies - one in vaccines and one specialising in gene therapy cancer treatments. He says his ideal career would have been as a mathematician because of the 'elegance and purity' of the subject.

**Maths is the language of the universe**

Much of modern theoretical physics is mathematics. Quantum Theory or Relativity are mathematical theories that attempt to explain the laws of the universe. Of course relativity can be summarised in the one mathematical formula that almost everyone knows
*E = mc2*.

Mathematics and numbers in particular, may be the one thing that we are likely to have in common with any life out in the universe. The Quest for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence

I'm no expert in Biology, but again modern biological theories depend heavily on statistical and other mathematical techniques.

**Mathematics makes everything else look easy**

This is a little controversial and slightly tongue-in-cheek. It is undoubtedly a hard subject to understand. But this makes other subjects seem relatively easy. I know many university students who take non- maths or science options for a little light relief.

I don't suppose everyone agrees with me but my students take comfort from this thought when struggling with some mathematical topic.

## Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and a grade B in Math's

## Assessment

__Course Outline__

**Year 12**

To gain an AS Level Maths, you need to complete

Core 1,Core 2 and Mechanics 1

**Year 13**

You need to have complete in year 12

Core 1, Core 2 and Mechanics 1 and

**Year 13: - Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 2**

This is probably the most marketable A-level in terms of acceptability. It is difficult to think of any course/career where it would not be welcomed in combination with other subjects.

Mathematics A-level would be applicable for the following:

- Courses/careers in Mathematics, Engineering and most areas of Physics (Further Mathematics is often helpful and often required, for some of these courses).
- Computing, Accountancy, Economics, Business, Banking, Air Traffic Control, Retail Management, Architecture, Surveying, Cartography, Psychology and, of course, Teaching to name but a few.

## Financial information

For further information, please contact the course co-ordinator above.

## Future opportunities

**Careers and Higher Education Opportunities**

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## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Moseley School and Sixth Form directly.