LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Edexcel

AIMS OF THE COURSE

  • Use and apply standard mathematical techniques
  • Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
  • Solve problems with mathematics and in other contexts.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Further Mathematics A Level is aimed at those who are the most mathematically able. Students considering Further Mathematics must also take Mathematics A Level, therefore half of your timetable will be spent working on Maths. This requires tremendous commitment and motivation, but brings also a high level of reward.
Further Mathematics is usually taken by students considering university course with a large proportion of Maths in them; such as Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering etc. Entry requirements on Mathematics degrees are often lowered for those who have Further Mathematics in addition Mathematics A Level.


HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
4 summer exams at the end of year 13.
Paper 1 and paper 2 (1hr 30 each) assesses content from: Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Calculus, Vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions and Differential equations.
Then two further 1hr 30 papers (paper 3 and paper 4) where a choice of questions that cover further pure mathematics, statistics, mechanics or decision maths.

Further information about this qualifications can be found on the Edexcel website:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Mathematics/2017/specification-and-sample-assesment/a-level-l3-further-mathematics-specification.pdf

LEVEL: Level 3 - AS equivalent
 
EXAM BOARD: AQA
 
AIMS OF THE COURSE
  • To get students to do meaningful mathematical problems to increase their confidence in using mathematics to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of other courses, higher education and employment.
  • To use ICT as an exploratory tool for developing mathematical understanding and when solving problems.
  • Develop skills in the communication, selection, use and interpretation of the mathematics.
  • Develop mathematical modelling, evaluating and reasoning skills
 
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Level 3 Mathematical Studies is a new qualification designed for students who have achieved a grade 4 or above at GCSE maths, but do not wish to study full Mathematics A Level. It is equivalent to an As Level qualification and attracts UCAS points in the same way as an As Level certificate.
This qualification has been designed to maintain and develop real-life mathematical skills. What students study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis, whether in work, study or life.
Compulsory content
3.1 Analysis of data
3.2 Maths for personal finance
3.3 Estimation
3.4 Critical analysis of given data and models
Optional content
3.5 The normal distribution
3.6 Probabilities and estimation
3.7 Correlation and regression
3.8 Critical path and risk analysis
3.9 Expectation
3.10 Cost benefit analysis
3.11 Graphical methods
3.12 Rates of change
3.13 Exponential functions
 
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Paper 1: 1hr 30, 60 marks (3.1-3.4)
Paper 2: 1hr 30, 60 marks (3.4 & 3.5-3.7 OR 3.8-3.10 OR 3.11-3.13)
Further information about this qualifications can be found on the AQA website: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/mathematical-studies-1350
 
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT
All standard sixth form required equipment PLUS Scientific calculator, specifically Casio FX-991EX (~£20)
 
WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
This course helps to develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as A-level Psychology, Business and Economics, all three Sciences and Geography as well as technical and vocational qualifications.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Edexcel

WHY CHOOSE MATHEMATICS?
A Level Mathematics provides students with a thorough grounding in essential tools and techniques needed in both the workplace and Higher Education. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A Level Mathematics make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas, this leads to A Level Mathematics being one of the most highly demanded facilitating subjects for university. In addition our students enjoy the challenge and logic of the course, together with the sense of excitement and satisfaction achieved when reaching the solution to a problem.
In addition to Pure Mathematics students will study Statistics and Mechanics.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Be able to: Demonstrate & apply knowledge & understanding. Analyse complex mathematical problems & solve them using the most appropriate mathematical techniques.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
AS – 2 units are studied. You will study Pure Mathematics where you will extend their knowledge of algebra & trigonometry, together with formalising areas of coordinate geometry. In addition they will develop an understanding of a new field of mathematics – calculus. You will also study applied mathematics where you will be introduced to the ideas of modelling real life situations in mechanics, and will extend the study of probability from GCSE and be introduced to modelling with statistical distributions in statistics.
A2 – The same 2 units are studied; Pure units build on the key skills learnt in AS along with a new topic – numerical methods. Statistics and Mechanics also build on AS skills, but in mechanics, you will be introduced to Moments.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
AS – 2 Exams. Paper 1 (Pure Mathematics) 2 hours, Paper 2 (Statistics & Mechanics) 75 mins.
A2 – 3 Exams. Paper 1 (Pure Mathematics 1) 2 hours, Paper 2 (Pure Mathematics 2) 2 hours, Paper 3 (Statistics & Mechanics) 2 hours.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Mathematics is a facilitating subject and can lead to further education in Accountancy, Architecture, Computing,
Economics, Engineering, IT, Mathematics, Medicine, Psychology and Sciences. Mathematics is relevant to careers in Research, Teaching. Helpful in Business, Banking, Accountancy and Engineering.