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Mathematics A Level at Highlands School

Course description

Mathematics is a course worth studying not only as a supporting subject for the physical and social sciences, but in its own right. It is challenging but interesting. It builds on work you will have met at GCSE, but also involves new ideas produced by some of the greatest minds of the last millennium.

Mathematics is divided into the following branches:

Pure Mathematics You will be extending your knowledge of algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. This is the study of the more abstract elements of Mathematics: it teaches the knowledge and skills that underpin the whole course.

Mechanics Mechanics deals with the action of forces on objects. It is therefore concerned with many everyday situations, e.g. the motion of cars, the flight of a cricket ball through the air, the stresses in bridges and the motion of the earth around the sun. Such problems have to be simplified or modelled to make them capable of solution using relatively simple mathematics. Many of the ideas you will meet in the course form an almost essential introduction to such important modern fields of study such as cybernetics, robotics, bio-mechanics and sports science, as well as the more traditional areas of engineering and physics.

Statistics When you study statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. Many of the ideas in this part of the course have applications in a wide range of other fields, from assessing what your car insurance is going to cost to how likely it is that the Earth will be hit by a comet in the next few years. Many of the techniques are used in sciences and social sciences. Even if you are not going on to study or work in these fields, in today’s society we are bombarded with information (or data) and the statistics units will give you useful tools for looking at this information critically efficiently.

Course content

3 units at AS Level:

  • Unit 1 C1 Pure
  • Unit 2 C2 Pure
  • Unit 3 S1 Statistics

3 units at A2:

  • Unit 4 C3 Core
  • Unit 5 C4 Core
  • Unit 6 M1 Mechanics

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Maths

Further information

Exam Board: Edexcel

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highlands School directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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