The new A-level qualifications in Mathematics and Further Mathematics are rigorous, linear courses examined at the end of the two years for A level, and at the end of one year for AS level. The courses build on the foundations laid down in GCSE Maths, and are particularly designed to extend and stretch students’ problem-solving abilities and to gain an appreciation of both the accuracy and relevance of their answers.
Mathematics at A-level builds on and develops the ideas studied for GCSE but also introduces many new concepts. The course develops problem solving skills and analytical capabilities. By the end of the course there is an expectation that students are able to use their mathematical skills in unfamiliar contexts and this is absolutely key to universities and apprenticeship providers. A good standard of literacy is therefore also critical.
Good knowledge of algebra and geometry are absolutely crucial for
students beginning A Level Mathematics.
Students need a high level of independence and perseverance in order to get the most from the course, as Mathematics can be a very frustrating and lonely activity at times. A high level of support is available online from the awarding body and its partners. This includes examples, notes, video clips, presentations and assessments, as well as digital copies of the course textbooks.
The topics below are what are covered in the first year:
Mathematical Modelling, Algebra & Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences & Series, Trigonometry, Differentiation, Integration, Vectors, Statistical Sampling & Distributions, Probability & Hypothesis Testing, Forces, Moments &
Kinematics, and Logarithms
In the second year the topics above are studied but in more depth, and also Numerical Methods and Mechanical Moments
The style of teaching and the way in which students learn will be somewhat familiar from the GCSE course. We expect students to take more responsibility for their own understanding and learning. After every lesson students will spend time organizing notes, trying questions and making sure that they do understand the topics fully. It is up to them to seek help from their teachers between lessons if they do not. There will be regular assessments throughout the course, and students will be expected to resit assessments if their scores fall significantly below their targetted grades. Clearly, if this is the case, then additional support will be available to students to help them with their areas of difficulty.
Overall Entry Requirements:
6 GCSE's at grade 4 or above including an English and Maths.
Course Specific Entry Requirements:
A high grade 6 or above in Mathematics GCSE on the Higher Tier paper.
A good work ethic - A-level Mathematics is not something that most students can naturally just “do”