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Mathematics

A level

Without mathematicians, modern society wouldn’t exist – imagine a world with no science, no engineering, no medicine, no architecture… Maths is excellent training for the mind requiring precise and accurate work, clear logical thought and problem solving skills. The course starts by brushing up your algebra skills with indices, surds and quadratic equations. In lessons you will learn a lot of new mathematics as well as effective study skills and how to work in groups.

Students are able to enter for the Senior and Senior Team Maths Challenge*. Students have benefitted from the Cambridge University STIMULUS project, and there are also opportunities to attend lectures and other activities arranged by the Further Mathematics Network in Cambridge.

http://www.fmnetwork.org.uk/)

*For details, visit http://www.ukmt.org.uk

 

Course content

Year 1

You will study the following topics from Pure Maths: proof, algebra, graphs, Binomial expansions, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors.

You will additionally study topics from both Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics includes working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, simple probability calculations, using the binomial distribution as a model and statistical hypothesis testing. Mechanics includes kinematics in 1 dimension, working with forces and Newton’s laws.

Year 2

In the second year you will study the following topics from Pure Maths: proof, algebra, graphs, sequences, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors. You will also continue the study of Statistics, developing the work on data analysis, probability calculations, Binomial and Normal distribution models and statistical hypothesis testing. In Mechanics, further topics include kinematics, motion under gravity, working with forces including friction, Newton’s laws and simple moments.

Assessment is entirely by examination at the of Year 2.

Is it for me?

You will enjoy and benefit from Mathematics if you:

  • enjoy the challenge of thinking logically;
  • prefer abstract concepts to real world applications;
  • want to become fluent with your algebra skills;
  • plan to study a course at university which will have a mathematical component.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements to include at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and 2 Grade 6s in Science and an average GCSE score of 5.5.

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