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Mathematics

Entry Requirements

Mathematics GCSE grade 7.

 

What makes a good mathematician?

10% flair, 90% graft. It may come easily to you but the good grades come from constant practice, reinforcement and trying the past paper questions. But it’s a lovely feeling knowing there is nothing they can ask you that you don’t know how to do.

 

About This Course

Students will enjoy this challenging and demanding subject if they have been successful in their mathematical studies at GCSE level. In particular students will need a strong ability in algebraic skills.

 

Course Content & Assessment

The course is based on a balance of Pure and Applied Mathematics with Applied Mathematics being split into Mechanics and Statistics.

Pure Mathematics:

In Pure Mathematics you will study Proof, Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Vectors and Numerical Methods.

Applied Mathematics:

Mechanics - Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s laws, Moments.

Statistics - Statistical sampling,  Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, Statistical hypothesis testing.

All students will be assessed on these modules via 3 external examinations at the end of year 13. Each paper will last for 2 hours and will be worth 33.3% of the overall A Level. Paper 1 and Paper 2 cover the topics from the Pure Mathematics modules, Paper 3 covers the topics from the Applied modules (Statistics and Mechanics).

 

What could this course lead to?

Career prospects for students with Mathematics A Level are excellent and it is used in a number of fields as well as being a prerequisite for many technical higher education courses such as Engineering. It is also useful for many degree courses such as Medicine.

Statistics is particularly beneficial in Psychology and Sociology courses which draw heavily on the interpretation of data.

Mathematics A Level prepares you for careers in Education, Business, Finance and Government, and is a qualification that is much valued by employers.

Mathematics qualifications can help you towards a large range of future careers. It is also a useful support for many university courses that increasingly can involve statistics modules.

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