When learning mathematics, you are always building on the knowledge and skills you have already acquired. This continues to be true in the Sixth Form and, in addition, you will need to be able to apply standard techniques to new situations and to select the correct method to solve a particular problem. The feeling of achievement that comes from finally solving what at first seems to be an intractable problem is unique to the subject.
A Level Mathematics can be studied in combination with any other subject and is a particularly good complement to the sciences, economics or geography. However, wherever your main interest may lie, if you are good at and enjoy mathematics, it is worth considering pursuing the subject in the 6th Form. The analytical and problem-solving techniques which are developed at this level are valued in many disciplines and are highly regarded by employers.
The A Level Mathematics course consists of topics taken from the following areas:
- Pure Mathematics, which extends the algebra and trigonometry met at IGCSE/GCSE (or equivalent) and introduces topics such as calculus.
- Mechanics, in which the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them are modelled mathematically.
- Statistics, which extends the handling data topics and probability from IGCSE/GCSE to include the use of statistics when testing hypotheses.
Students follow the Linear A Level course. We follow OCR specification A. Assessment will be by 3 examinations, all taken at the end of the two year course. The papers will be of equal weighting (100 marks each), and will last 2 hours each.
The content will be as follows:
Paper 1 Pure Maths
Paper 2 Pure Maths and Statistics
Paper 3 Pure Maths and Mechanics
- Core Mathematics 1, Core Mathematics 2, Statistics 1
- Core Mathematics 3, Core Mathematics 4, Mechanics 1