Mathematics

Why study A level Mathematics?

Just as languages provide the building blocks and rules we need to communicate, mathematics uses its own language, made up of numbers, symbols and formulas, to explore the rules we need to measure or identify essential problems like distance, speed, time, space, change, force and quantities.

Studying Mathematics helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, Mathematics helps us put a price on things, create graphics, build websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work or predict how they might change over time and under different conditions.

Mathematics is a versatile qualification, well-respected by employers and a “facilitating” subject for entry to higher education. Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding. People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

Mathematics helps supports the study of subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, IT, Economics, Business and Biology which can also help with your Mathematics revision.  But studying Mathematics alongside an essay subject like English or History can help keep your options open for more jobs and university courses.

Mathematics is essential for many career choices and will be a major help with others which include, Accountancy, Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Biosciences, Business support services, Chemicals, Construction, Consultancies, EducationEngineering, Environment, Exploration Geophysics, Financial Services, Food & Drink, Government, Healthcare, Insurance, IT & Computing, Manufacturing, MediaMetals & Minerals, Operational Research, Pharmaceuticals, Recruitment, Academic Research, Science, Telecoms, Transport/Travel, Utilities

Key Information Summary:

Course Title Mathematics
Examination Board Edexcel
Linear Qualification? Yes
Course Webpage http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html
Entry Requirements Students are required to have achieved a Grade 6 or above in mathematics. However, a Grade 7+ in GCSE mathematics is highly recommended, as those with Grade 6 will struggle.
Contact Teachers

Mrs L Cannon: lcannon@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

Mr N Hughes: nhughes@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

Course Details:

The single ‘A’ level Mathematics course consists of a mixture Pure and applied elements. The pure mathematics includes topics such as Calculus, Coordinate Geometry and lots of algebra topics. The applied elements are made up of both Statistics and Mechanics topics.

The new A level contains a problem solving element and students will be expected to apply the content they learn to harder more unfamiliar situations.

Subject Content:

Mathematics is taught through 2 main subject areas:

Pure mathematics

Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Vectors, Numerical methods.

Applied mathematics

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

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

 

Assessment details:

Internal Assessments

External Examination

A Level – 2 Year Course

The will be an assessment in the first week of the course, based on a number of higher GCSE topics necessary for a student to succeed at A level. Students will be expected to achieve a minimum of 75% in this assessment and any student who does not achieve this will have to re-sit the assessment in week 3. We will support these students by providing revision classes after school in the run up to the 2nd assessment. Those students who do not achieve 75% on this assessment will (in consultation with the Director of Sixth Form) need to consider an alternative A level course, as there is a very high chance that they will not achieve a grade in A level Maths.

The core units will continue to be assessed internally throughout the course, where students will be expected to meet a minimum pass mark. Those that do not will be required to complete additional work in order to ensure that have understood each topic.

Although the content for the new A Level has been approved by Ofqual, at this time the assessment is still awaiting accreditation.

All content is assessed at the end of 2 years.