The Mathematics Specification does not change until September 2016 which means that this course remains the same as last year. Students are able to study for an AS qualification in Year 12 and continue this course in Year 13 to gain an A2 qualification. In September 2016 the course change will only apply to students in Year 12, and the current course will continue to run for students in Year 13.
AS Mathematics comprises of three modules, split as two Pure modules and one Applied module. Pure Mathematics covers many skills, including algebraic methods, calculus, trigonometry …. And aims to develop skills which students may then use in the Applied modules. The Pure modules are Core 1 and Core 2, and are assessed as separate written papers in June 2016. Applied Mathematics is the student’s choice of either Statistics, comprising probability and data handling or Mechanics, the Mathematics behind Physics and Engineering. The Applied module is either Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1, and is assessed as a written paper in June 2016. As a rough guide, students studying Physics would be advised to study Mechanics 1, and students studying Biology, Geography, Economics or Psychology would be advised to study Statistics 1.
Students progressing to the full A Level course will study a further 3 modules in year 13, again split as two Pure and one Applied. The two Pure modules are Core 3 and Core 4, where new mathematical skills and techniques are introduced and further developed. The Applied module would be Statistics 2 or Mechanics 2, following on from their choice for AS.
Students require a minimum of a grade A to study Mathematics as the AS course assumes good knowledge of A and A* work from GCSE.
For progression from AS to A2 students need to have gained at least a D grade at AS.
Mathematics underpins the study of any science, technology, engineering or mathematics subject within higher education and there are many degree courses for which it is a requirement.
Degree courses in Accounting and Finance, Automotive Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering. Economics, Economics and Management, Marine Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Medicine, Physics and Primary Teaching.
Studying Mathematics will also give a solid foundation for apprenticeships within technology and engineering, as well as employment in financial, engineering and technology companies.
Should you like to receive any additional information on this course please contact
Mrs Jen Wells – Learning Lead