A Level Mathematics at Chelmer Valley High School
The A level course is split into six modules.
In Year 12 you will study Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1. Core Mathematics is also known as Pure Mathematics and provides the building blocks and tools that are needed to apply mathematics to real world situations and problems. You study topics that you will have met at GCSE (but in greater depth), such as algebra, geometry, sequences and trigonometry as well as new topics like differentiation and integration (known as calculus) and logarithms. In Statistics 1 you continue work started at GCSE on presenting and summarising data, correlation and probability, as well as studying new topics in regression analysis and the normal distribution. At the end of Year 12 your results in these three modules are combined to make your AS grade.
In Year 13 you will study Core 3, Core 4 and either Mechanics 1 or Decision 1. In the Core units you continue to study calculus and trigonometry, as well as learning about a variety of other topics which include the exponential function, parametric equations, rates of change and vectors. Mechanics 1 is an option that complements Physics A Level, and you study the topics of kinematics, forces, friction, momentum and moments. It is a particularly good option for anyone wishing to become an engineer or a scientist. Decision 1 covers the topics of algorithms, critical path analysis, linear programming and matching. It is a particularly good option for anyone wishing to become a computer programmer or become involved in logistics. At the end of Year 13 your results in all six modules make up your final A level grade.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chelmer Valley High School directly.