We believe that students should learn an approach to Mathematics that will equip them to use it in the adult world and be able to communicate what they are doing to those around them.
This course encourages students to develop their understanding of Mathematics in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment, extend their range of skills and techniques and use them in difficult unstructured situations, and develop an understanding of coherence, progression and connections.
Further Mathematics will be taught concurrently with A Level Mathematics. If students are considering a degree in Mathematics or related subjects (Physics, Engineering) they will find that an increasing number of universities welcome knowledge beyond A Level Mathematics. They would therefore be wise to consider Further Mathematics should they wish to pursue a Mathematics-based career.
Mathematics will develop a student’s ability to reason logically. Students will find that many of the mathematical skills encountered will assist them when modelling ‘real life’ situations.
Mathematics A level particularly complements studies in Science (especially Physics), Psychology, Business and Geography.
All components are assessed by examinations taken at the end of the course.
A Level Mathematics - Three 2 hour papers
A Level Further Mathematics – Three papers (a mandatory 2 hour paper, one major option 2 ¼ hour paper and one minor option 1¼ hour paper) The department of Mathematics will determine which combination of components will be assessed within the rubric of the specification.
For Mathematics a GCSE grade 7, for Further Mathematics a GCSE grade 8.
Students who achieve grade 6 will be considered for A Level Mathematics.
5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English at grades 9-5)