An A Level in mathematics proves students competence in an intellectually demanding discipline with universal applications, from archaeology to astrophysics. Our aim is to help students enjoy developing this skill – the subject can be fun and very satisfying.

We teach the Edexcel syllabus which includes elements such as modelling, descriptive statistics and numerical techniques.

The use of graphical calculators and computer software as problem solving tools is also encouraged.

We offer A Levels in mathematics with statistic and mathematics with mechanics. The choice of which students should study depends on other A Level choices and future A Level plans. Pupils in Year 11 are encouraged to discuss with their mathematics teachers which would be the correct choice for them. We also offer a Further Maths AS and A Level. This potentially results in the award of two A Levels . This course is very demanding and we advise that only those students who have followed the fast track in Year 11 take up this option.

##### STRUCTURE

##### YEAR 12 (AS LEVEL)

Modules at AS

For AS mathematics a student will have to complete three modules from the following options (C1 and C2 are compulsory). Each module carries equal waiting and scores from individual modules are combined to give an overall mark that results in the award of the appropriate grade. The total AS counts for 50% of the full A Level.

- Module 1 C1 Pure Maths: Algebra and functions; co-ordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration. (Non-calculator exam)
- Module 2 C2 Pure Maths: Algebra and functions; co-ordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.
- Module 3: Either: Mechanics 1 Or Statistics 1. Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particles; moments. Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.

##### YEAR 13 (A LEVEL)

Modules at A2

To achieve an A2 in mathematics a student will have to sit three of the following modules (C3 and C4 are compulsory)

- Module 4 C3 Pure Maths: Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration; Numerical methods
- Module 5 C4 Pure Maths: Algebra and functions; co-ordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.
- Module 6: Either: Statistics 2 Or Mechanics 2. The Binomial and Poisson distributions; continuous random variables; continuous distributions; samples; hypothesis tests. Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; centres of mass; work and energy; collisions; statics of rigid bodie