A Level Mathematics

Course description

The course consists of a mixture of Pure and Applied Mathematics. When studying Pure Mathematics you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE using such mathematical techniques then you should find the prospect of this course very appealing. Although many of the ideas you will meet are interesting in their own right, they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of mathematics, especially Mechanics and Statistics. In Mechanics, you will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet. You will learn the technique of mathematical modelling; that is, of turning a complicated physical problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematical methods. In Statistics, you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. You will also learn new probability techniques, analysing common situations using probability models.

Requirements

There is an enormous difference between IGCSE and A level mathematics. Pupils must have attained an 8 or above in IGCSE Mathematics. Any pupils contemplating A Level Mathematics must speak to their set teachers to ask for a candid assessment of their A Level potential.

Assessment structure

We are preparing for OCR A-level Mathematics A: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/mathematics-a-h230-h240-from-2017/

There will be three exams, each lasting two hours and for which calculators are permitted. One assesses pure mathematics; the others each assess pure mathematics in conjunction with either mechanics or statistics.

Potential careers

A level Mathematics is an important qualification, and often a requirement, for a wide variety of full-time courses in Higher Education. Such courses include Economics, Medicine, Architecture, Engineering, Accountancy, Teaching, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Computing, Information Technology and obviously Mathematics, although those considering the study of maths are strongly encouraged to take Further Maths.

Contact for further information

Mr AJF Sproat: ajfs@wellingtoncollege.org.uk