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Mathematics A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Employers and universities see mathematics as evidence of significant ability and real career potential.

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. These techniques complement all combinations of A Level programmes.

The Russell Group of universities lists mathematics as one of the most important facilitating subjects.

Successfully studying A Level mathematics opens doors and will put you in a strong position for your future. It is very good currency throughout your working life.

Wyedean School is proud of its success in A Level mathematics. It has an excellent record of success and an A Level teaching team that has considerable experience. 

Course content

A Level mathematics involves the study of six modules, three in each year.  Students may choose from either of two paths.

All students are required to take two modules of pure mathematics and one applied module.

The two paths available are Maths & Mechanics and Maths & Statistics.

  • Students wishing to follow engineering or physics at university are recommended to take Maths & Mechanics.
  • Students who wish to study Economics, Accounting, and Business at University are recommended to take Maths & Statistics.

With the pure modules you will develop a broader understanding of mathematical processes and extend your knowledge of such topics as Algebra and Trigonometry as well as learning new topics such as Calculus.

If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE, then you should find the prospect of this course very appealing.

In Mechanics you will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet.

You will learn the technique of mathematical modelling: turning a complicated physical problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematical methods.

Mechanics is an ideal companion to A Level Physics.

Statistics shows you how to effectively analyse and summarise numerical data in order to derive conclusions about it. You will extend the range of probability problems that you studied at GCSE by studying new methods of analysis.

Statistics is an ideal companion to Geography, Psychology and Business Studies.

Students will need to demonstrate considerable resilience and perseverance as this is a challenging course.

However, there is a lot of help available from the teaching staff, so please don’t be afraid to use us!

Entry requirements

  • Mathematics is demanding at this level and you will need a keen interest in it, as well as enjoying the challenge that Maths provides.
  • You will need to have studied GCSE Maths at Higher Tier and have a desire to extend your knowledge and skills further.
  • A student is expected to have gained at least a grade B at Higher Tier GCSE.
  • Students are recommended to study a short bridging course at the end of the summer examination period and or at the very start of the year 12 course.
  • Students who are well organised, determined and resilient are very successful and find their teachers supportive.

Assessment

Internally:

All students are expected to complete an independent learning task (ILT) after each section of work is completed. After approximately one month into the course in year 12 students will have an assessment to judge their suitability for the A-level mathematics course.

In support of the ILTsand to aid in reviewing and transforming their progress and achievement, students will also sit accumulative tests at regular intervals throughout the course. After Christmas the year 12 students will complete a mock C1 assessment.

Externally:

You are required to sit 6 modules. This comprises four core modules and two applied modules from mechanics or statistics.

i.e. in year 12 - C1, C2 & S1 or C1, C2 & M1 and in year 13 – C3, C4 & S2 or C3, C4 & M2.

All AS and A2 examinations will all take place during the summer examination period for both year 12 and 13 students. Each exam is 90 minutes long and all exams are marked externally.

Future opportunities

Following a course in A Level maths you could continue to university, to study any number of mathematical-based disciplines.

Maths is recommended for many degrees at university. Maths is ideal for Business, Economics, Banking, Medicine, Accountancy, Engineering, Science, Technology and Law.

If you go on to employment then employers look for hard-working, selfmotivated, and intelligent people to join their staff. Obtaining a Maths Alevel shows that you have what it takes.

You may not use Algebra or Probability in your job every day, but the transferable skills of analysis, logic, and problem solving will always come in handy.

Further information

All students will be issued with the relevant textbooks that cover the course thoroughly.

Extra-curricular activities include: Several inter-school competitions run by Further Maths Support Group, online courses, as well as the usual maths challenge competitions.

Moodle contains many resources including past papers and mark schemes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 May 2016

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