A-Level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at GCSE. It also includes optional applications of Mathematics, such as Statistics and Mechanics.
This is a versatile qualification, well-respected by employers and is an excellent access qualification to use 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. For progression to many courses at university it is important to have strong mathematics skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree course A Level Mathematics is a requirement.
The reason why so many employers highly value mathematics qualifications is that students become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems you develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proof and justification of results helps you to formulate reasoned arguments and importantly you will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data.
Minimum Grade B in Higher Tier Mathematics.
The course consists of six units. Three are done in Year 1 and three in Year 2. A rough summary of each module is broken down below:
Core 1 – Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration.
Core 2 – Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.
Statistics 1 – Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.
Core 3 – Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.
Core 4 – Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.
Mechanics 1 – Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.
The course is assessed based on 6 modules. All of these examinations are equally weighted and are worth 100 UMS each.
A student will take three examinations at the end of Year 1 and three at the end of year 2.
In Year 1 they will sit Core 1 and Core 2 and one elective module (this is likely to be Statistics 1)
In Year 2 they will sit Core 3 and Core 4 and one elective module (this is likely to be Mechanics 1)
During the course students will have opportunities to enhance their learning with educational trips and study visits. These include:
- Burnley Football Club – ‘Engineering Your Future’
- Interactive Engineering Workshops within a career marketplace. This is an ideal opportunity for those keen to gather information about potential careers within Engineering.
- As part of the ongoing STEM project we are developing links with businesses and companies showing where people with Mathematics qualifications and degrees fit into their companies and the types of job that are available in that field.
- Price Waterhouse Coopers – accountancy and actuarial visit to this prestigious international company’s Manchester offices.
Mr A. Lindon
Executive Head of Maths
Miss S. Kirkwood
Subject Teacher Mathematics
Number of students achieving grades A* - B
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