Mathematics is a popular choice at A Level and it compliments many other subjects in the curriculum. The course follows the Pearson/ Edexcel specification and is split into pure maths and applied maths. There is a large emphasis on flipped learning, where students follow videos and fill in notes in preparation for lesson time. During lessons, students are then able to ask their teacher further questions regarding the topic and work through exam questions together. The aim is to create an independent mathematician with less dependence on a single resource and to ensure that the students are more inquisitive rather than “textbook clever”.
- Students in Year 12 will cover content that largely builds upon top end GCSE algebra before moving into brand new material that lays the foundations for year 13 work.
- Pure maths comprises proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, and vectors.
- In applied maths students will learn about statistical sampling, data representation and interpretation, probability, binomial distribution, statistical hypothesis testing on the binomial distribution, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.
- Throughout the A-Level course, there is a large emphasis on problem-solving. With these questions, students need to bring together multiple aspects of the course.
- In Year 13, students build upon the fundamentals learned in year 12 and work towards developing and mastering these skills in with more rigorous challenges.
- Pure maths comprises more advanced versions of the topics that are covered in year 12.
- In applied maths students will learn about correlation and regression and hypothesis testing on the sample PMCC, more advanced probability, the Normal distribution, projectiles and more advanced areas of forces and Newton’s laws.
- Throughout the A-level course students will have two specialist teachers, one for pure content and one for applied. Students are given notes, PowerPoints and textbooks to learn the theory and are exposed regularly to exam questions in lesson time, through tests and through homework assignments.
- All students will sit three sets of two-hour papers at the end of year 13, two pure and one applied.
A-LEVEL FURTHER MATHEMATICS
Further Mathematics is a requirement from most top universities should students wish to study mathematical based degrees. The course follows the Pearson/ Edexcel specification and counts for two A-levels – an A-level in mathematics and an A-level in further mathematics. Students will learn compulsory content in core maths and two additional options, further pure 1 and further mechanics 1. All students will sit both A Levels at the end of Year 13 – something which top universities prefer.
- In year 12 students complete the mathematics A-level in parallel with the earlier content of further mathematics.
- Students will cover topics that they will not encounter in the mathematics A-level such as complex numbers, matrices, vector equations and planes, roots of polynomials and proof by induction.
- By the end of year 12, students studying further maths will have finished the mathematics A-level and will then embark upon the further maths content in full. This will include starting the second half of the core maths course and further mechanics.
- Year 13 lessons will be totally dedicated to further maths, whilst the A-level mathematics will be revisited on a regular basis.
- Students will cover more advanced series and complex numbers and brand-new topics such as polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, differential equations and new areas of calculus.
- The two option modules, further pure mathematics 1 and further mechanics 1, will be completed.
- Further pure mathematics comprises further trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, coordinate systems, vectors, numerical methods and inequalities.
- Further mechanics 1 comprises momentum and impulse, work, energy and power, elastic springs and elastic collisions in one and two dimensions.
- Students are given notes, PowerPoints and textbooks to learn the theory and are exposed regularly to exam questions in lesson time, through tests and through homework assignments.