#### A Level Maths

Mathematics at AS and A2 is a course worth studying, not only as a supporting subject for the physical and social sciences, but in its own right. It is challenging, interesting and highly rewarding. The A level syllabus is varied and interesting and will enable you to acquire knowledge and skills with confidence, satisfaction and enjoyment. The skills used by a mathematician are highly valued in academia, industry and business.** **

**What can this course lead to?**

An AS in Mathematics is very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at A2 and degree level, especially in the Sciences and Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Medical courses. AS & A2 Mathematics are much sought-after qualifications for entry to a wide variety of full-time courses in higher education.

There are also many areas of employment that see A level Mathematics as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas. Higher Education courses or careers that either require A Level Mathematics or are strongly-related include: Economics, Medicine, Architecture, Engineering, Accountancy, Teaching, Psychology, Physics, Computing and ICT.

**Unit content [Exam Board: Edexcel]**

- UNIT 1 [AS] (C1)Algebra and Functions; Co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series: differentiation; integration.
- UNIT 2 [AS] (C2)Algebra and Functions; Co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series, trigonometry; exponentials and Logarithms; differentiation; integration.
- UNIT 3 [AS] (S1) Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions and the normal distribution.
- UNIT 4 [A2] (C3)Algebra and Functions; Trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.
- UNIT 5 [A2] (C4)Algebra and Functions: Co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.
- UNIT 6 [A2] (M1) Kinematics; Dynamics; Statics; Moments; Vectors (S2) Binomial; Poisson and Continuous distributions; Probability; Hypothesis testing.

**Assessment**

All units are assessed through a 1.5hr exam.

**Minimum entry requirement**

B grade in GCSE Maths** **

#### A Level Further Maths

Further Mathematics is an AS/A level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A level Mathematics. AS level Further Mathematics is designed to be learnt alongside AS level Mathematics in year 12, and can become a full A level in its own right. Students taking Further Mathematics find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience. If you enjoy Mathematics, it will provide a challenge and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts. It will enable you to distinguish yourself as a gifted mathematician when applying to university and later in the employment market. It also has the benefit of making the transition to a Mathematics rich university course much easier. Studying Further Mathematics will also boost your performance in AS/A level Mathematics, which must be taken alongside Further Mathematics.

**What can this course lead to?**

If you are planning to take a Mathematics rich degree (this covers a very wide range of academic areas – Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., as well as Mathematics itself), it will be of enormous benefit to take Further Mathematics, at least to AS level. Some prestigious university courses will only accept students with Further Mathematics qualifications, so it is essential you check with the university you wish to attend if it is expected for the course you wish to study. Further Maths is also a good addition for those considering degrees in Medicine or Veterinary Science.

**Unit content [Exam Board: Edexcel]**

- UNIT 1 [AS] Further Maths 1: Complex Numbers, Parametric equations, Matrix algebra, Proof by induction,
- UNIT 2 [AS] Decision & Discrete: Algorithms, Networks, Route inspection, Critical path analysis, Linear programming.
- UNIT 3 [AS] Further Maths 2: De Moivre’s theorem, Differential equations, Polar coordinates, Maclaurian & Taylor series.
- UNIT 4 [A2] Statistics 2: Binomial & Poisson distributions, Populations & sampling, Hypothesis testing
- UNIT 5 [A2] Mechanics 2: Projectiles, Centre of Mass, Work, energy and power, Collisions, Statics
- UNIT 6 [A2] Further Maths 2: Hyperbolic Functions, Further Calculus, Vectors, Eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

**Assessment**

6 module tests, each of 1.5hrs.

**Minimum entry requirements**

A or A* GCSE Maths

**Homework Overview**

We set regular work to consolidate learning in class. This can be from books provided by the school, online, or could be an investigation based activity.

All students from Years 7 to 13 will be set homework using the Website: **MyMaths.co.uk **Every student will have their own password to login.

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