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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.

You will be set some summer work to brush up on your algebra skills with indices, surds and quadratic equations. We will then start lessons with a harder topic that will be new to you. You will also learn some effective study skills.

 

Course content

Year 1

You will study the following topics from Pure Maths: proof, algebra, graphs, Binomial expansions, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus (differentiation and integration) 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 (motion with constant acceleration), 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, advanced calculus and vectors. You will also continue the study of Statistics, looking at conditional probability and the Normal distribution as well as some further statistical hypothesis testing. In Mechanics, we study moments, modelling with forces and friction, projectiles and more advanced kinematics (with variable acceleration which involves the use of calculus).

 

Assessment

Assessment is entirely by examination at the of Year 2.

 

 

 

Special features

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. We also offer support for students wanting to take STEP or AEA papers.

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

 

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

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above in a range of subjects including English. You need at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths and at least two grade 6’s in Physics and Chemistry (or Science and Additional Science).

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