Maths and further Maths


Maths has many facets; it is not just about learning formulae and being able to do arithmetic. We constantly strive to inspire you to look beyond the classroom tasks to wider applications and to see where a career in Maths might lead you. Maths can be intriguing, challenging, puzzling and baffling, but also very satisfying and enjoyable. It is quite different from other subjects but it is highly valued by universities and employers. Arguably it is the most versatile subject and unquestionably it is the subject the most in demand as a prerequisite for degree courses.

Course Overview

A Level Maths is a course designed to develop advanced thinking skills in the areas of mathematical argument and proof, problem solving and modelling real world situations. This is achieved in the context of various areas of traditional pure mathematics as well as from a statistical and mechanics point of view.

The course is broken up into three main areas:

  • Pure maths – consisting of proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and numerical methods.
  • Statistics – Consisting of sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing.
  • Mechanics – Consisting of vectors, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.

The syllabus changes to a new linear model in 2017 and students who choose the one-year mathematics course will be completing the new course. At the end of the year students will sit three 2 hour papers of equal weighting:

  • Paper 1 assess only pure mathematics.
  • Paper 2 assess pure mathematics and mechanics.
  • Paper 3 assess pure mathematics and statistics.

A Level Further Maths

Those with a real passion, thirst and skill at mathematics may consider the Further Maths A Level. Anyone considering a one year course in Further Mathematics for 2017-18 will need to undertake the older modular course (which is generally being replaced in 2017) as there will be no assessments for the linear Further Mathematics course in the summer of 2018.

This will require the completion of 12 separate modules each of which will be examined via a 90 minute assessment. Mandatory modules are: C1, C2, C3, C4, FP1, FP2 and FP3. In addition, you must study 5 other modules, chosen in conjunction with your teacher to reflect your aspirations and interests, of which at least 4 must be in applied mathematics. The further maths course has the same overarching skill developments of mathematical argument and proof, problem solving and modelling real world situations, however it is set in the context of more advanced pure mathematics.

Special Features

The Maths Faculty has great strength and depth of experience and expertise, decades of cumulative teaching experience from around the world and teachers with graduate level specialisms in statistics, mechanics and pure mathematics.

Progression

Maths is essential for courses in engineering and physics and very useful for many science-based courses which deal with statistical analysis. It is also one of the subjects welcomed by Admissions Tutors for any subject requiring an ability to think logically.

Last year, A Level Maths students progressed onto a wide range of degree programmes including –

University Degree
Warwick University Economic Studies and Global Sustainable Development
University of Bath Mathematics
University of Cambridge Natural Sciences
University of Cambridge Mathematics
Durham University Mathematics (3 years)
Edinburgh University Artificial Intelligence
University of Oxford Materials Science
University College London ‘UCL’ Theoretical Physics

 

Exam Board:
AQA.

 


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