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Mathematics A-Level at The Chalfonts Community College

Course description

What is this course about?

There are some similarities with your GCSE course, but the emphasis changes to applying mathematics to solve real problems. Some of the work involves collecting and analysing real data. You will do a number of practical activities. You will also explore the uses of graphic calculators and computers to solve many problems previously done using algebra.

Course content

What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed?

Year 12 AS Mathematics

Your course will consist of three modules: Core 1, Core 2, Decision 1

Year 13 A2 Mathematics

To gain a full A Level in Mathematics you will study a further three modules in the upper sixth. These will consist of: Core Maths 3, Core Maths 4, Mechanics 1

  • Core Mathematics This is pure mathematics where you develop your numerical and algebraic skills, investigate mathematical concepts and explore puzzles and patterns
  • Decision Maths This is the Mathematics of efficiency. You use algorithms to solve problems such as the quickest way for a salesman to visit clients in a day, and the most efficient way to pack the contents of crates or select a name from a list
  • Mechanics This is the mathematics behind the ‘theme park’ rides and putting satellites in space. How fast must a roller coaster be travelling in order to ‘loop the loop’ without the riders falling out? Stunt men and ‘bungeejumpers’ use mechanics to enable them to survive their activities

Each module will be assessed by one written examination lasting one and a half hours. These will test your understanding of mathematical concepts, and your ability to apply your skills in solving problems. All modules are worth the same number of marks. There is no coursework in A Level Mathematics.

Entry requirements

What do I need to get on to this course?

To study A Level Mathematics successfully you will need at least a Grade B at GCSE in Maths. You need to enjoy solving problems, working with numbers and be prepared to develop your algebraic skills to a high level. A substantial commitment to your Mathematics course is required. This will include spending 4-6 hours private study each week.

Further information

What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead?

After A Levels university is an obvious choice, but not necessarily studying Mathematics itself. There is a vast range of high education courses and other careers in which Mathematics plays an important part. These can include engineering, accountancy, market research, meteorology, and scientific careers to name a few. If you plan to study Law, take up a career in computing, or join the RAF then you’re A Level in Mathematics could be an advantage. It can also be of benefit to many other courses (e.g. Physics, Geography, Business Studies, etc).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Chalfonts Community College directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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