Maths

Exam Board: Edexcel

It provides a good foundation for the study of Mathematics at a higher level, which is essential for further study in many Mathematical and Physical sciences, and desirable for many others including Physics, Engineering, Economics, Accountancy and Finance, Computer Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Philosophy, Architecture, Biology, Chemistry and Geology as well as Mathematics itself

Course Content

Mathematics will follow the 2017 Edexcel exam board specification. Mathematics is a popular choice, and it complements many other subjects in the curriculum. The course is linear and students will take all exams at the end of the two-year course.

 

Paper 1 and Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 1

  • Proof
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Coordinate Geometry in the (xy) plane
  • Arithmetic Sequences and Series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Vectors
  • Numerical methods

 

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

  • Statistical sampling
  • Representation and Summary of Data
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws
  • Moments

Enrichment opportunities

Year 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to sit the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. Students also have the opportunity to compete in the UKMT/FMSP Senior Maths Team Challenge and to attend enrichment activities at local universities. The department also arranges a team of sixth form students to help younger students at local primary schools. There is also a team of sixth formers who act as subject mentors and provide tutoring to lower school members

Assessment

Students are assessed in school using a variety of end of topic tests, end of unit tests and homework assignments. These are monitored closely and are linked to reporting, rewards and interventions.

Further Maths:

Exam Board: Edexcel

It provides a very good foundation for the study of Mathematics at a higher level, which is essential for further study in some Mathematical and Physical sciences, and desirable for many others including Physics, Engineering, Economics, Accountancy and Finance and Computer Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Philosophy, Architecture, Biology, Chemistry and Geology as well as Mathematics itself. Many top universities desire Further Maths at A-Level as a pre-requisite for studying maths based courses.

Course Content

Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1

  • Complex Numbers
  • Series
  • Roots of polynomials
  • Volumes of revolution
  • Matrix Algebra
  • Further vectors
  • Proof by induction

Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2

  • Further Complex Numbers
  • Further series
  • Further calculus
  • Polar coordinates
  • Hyperbolic functions
  • Differential equations

 

Paper 3: Further Pure Mathematics 1

  • Vectors
  • Conic sections
  • Inequalities
  • Taylor Series
  • Methods in calculus
  • Numerical methods
  • Reducible differential equations

Paper 4: Further Mechanics 1

  • Momentum and impulse
  • Energy and Power
  • Elastic, springs and strings
  • Elastic collisions in one dimension
  • Elastic collisions in two dimensions

Enrichment Opportunities

Year 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to sit the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. Students also have the opportunity to compete in the UKMT/FMSP Senior Maths Team Challenge and to attend enrichment activities at local universities. The department also arranges a team of sixth form students to help younger students at local primary schools. There is also a team of Sixth Formers who act as subject mentors and provide tutoring to lower school members.

Assessment

Students are assessed in school using a variety of end of topic tests, end of unit tests and homework assignments. These are monitored closely and are linked to reporting, rewards and interventions