There are many reasons why people choose to study A-Level Mathematics. For example, it might be a requirement for what you want to study at university. Physics, psychology, economics, computing, and business studies courses prefer students to have A-Level maths if possible.
As a core subject, Maths is one of the most traditional subjects and a good grade can boost an application for pretty much any course.
Studies have also shown that people with Maths A-Level also tend to earn more on average than people without it. Though this itself may or may not be a good enough reason to study Maths, the skills it allows you to develop include problem solving, logic and analysing situations. Add in the improvements to your basic numeracy skills and that bit of creativity needed to solve Maths problems and you've got yourself a set of skills which would make you more desirable for almost any job.
This is a much sought after qualification and can lead to a whole host of careers, college and university courses including Economics, Medicine, Architecture, Engineering, IT, Accountancy, Teaching, Environmental Studies, Psychology plus many others.
To gain a full A-Level in mathematics requires that you complete 6 modules of study. Students will complete three modules per year; Core 1, Core 2 and Decision 1 in Year 12 and Core 3, Core 4 and Statistics 1 in year 13.
The core modules are very much based on complex algebra, trigonometry and numerical methods. These will build on the materials studied at the end of your GCSEs, particularly the A and A* material so a solid understanding of the more challenging GCSE content is essential to succeeding in Year 12.
Decision Maths is a relatively new branch of mathematics and surrounds the use of algorithms (a set procedure) to solve problems related to real-life contexts.
Statistics is the study and interpretation of data and observations. These are typically related to real-life contexts.
What will I learn?
|Years 12 and 13|
• Surds and complex indices (Core 1)
Students receive a homework booklet comprised of past paper questions every 2 weeks. These booklets cover a variety of questions from the chapters being covered at that time. The booklets are marked by the teacher and graded before being returned alongside hand-written model solutions.
Closer to the examinations the students are given packs of past papers and mark schemes to guide their revision. There will be a published deadline schedule for which the students have to present their proof of completion. This is used as an aide to ensure that the students are regularly undertaking exam practice for a sustained period of time up to the actual examinations.
The homeworks act as one form of assessment and the performance on these tasks is recorded. We also undertake regular progress tests which will encompass as many as 5 or 6 chapters of work from a given module.
Alongside this we also have mock examinations of full modules in the second half of the Autumn term and also in the second half of the Spring term.