Mathematics

Aims of the Department

  • To provide students with access to a subject, which gives a means of communication that is powerful, concise and unambiguous.
  • To encourage systematic thought and logical patterns of work.
  • To provide a mathematical environment in which a student may reach his or her maximum levels of  achievement and understanding.
  • To help each student develop to his or her optimum, an appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics as a subject in its own right, so enabling future progression in the subject.
  • To develop independent thinking, pride in own work and co-operation between students.

A level Mathematics

Course details

We teach the Edexcel specification which aims to enable students to understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study. The course is made up of three components:

The Pure mathematics component of the course covers the following topics: Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors and numerical methods.

The Statistics component comprises: Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing.

The Mechanics component comprises: Quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments. 

Link to course specification

Assessment

Three 2 hour exams at the end of the linear 2-year course:

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

Enrichment opportunities

The UKMT senior maths challenge is held in school each year and there is also the opportunity to represent the school in the senior maths team challenge.

We also ask A level students to assist in GCSE Maths classes which provides excellent experience of explaining mathematical concepts to KS4 students and can also help consolidate your knowledge and understanding. Opportunities to take on additional maths mentoring of small groups is also available.

Student quotes

“Don’t be scared to try A level Maths, it just follows on from your GCSE.”

“Maths is a highly valued A level to put on your UCAS application, it helps with all other subjects.”

Progression

Studying Mathematics is a step towards many careers; not only in areas such as insurance, finance, computing, engineering, medicine and management but also in architecture, CAD design, food technology, meteorology and the Armed Forces.  Degrees in subjects such as Engineering and the Sciences require Mathematics while in many other subjects mathematics is useful.

 

A level Further Mathematics

Course details

Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience.  For someone who enjoys mathematics it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts.

We teach the Edexcel specification which is made up of four components:

The Further Pure mathematics components of the course cover the following topics: Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, and Differential equations

The two optional components will be chosen from: Further Pure mathematics 3, Further  Statistics, Further Mechanics, or Decision Mathematics

Link to course specification

Assessment

Four 1 ½ hour exams at the end of the 2-year course:

Paper 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1

Paper 2: Further Pure Mathematics 2

Paper 3: Further Mathematics Option 1

Paper 4: Further Mathematics Option 2

Enrichment opportunities

The UKMT senior maths challenge is held in school each year and there is also the opportunity to represent the school in the senior maths team challenge.

We also ask A level students to assist in GCSE Maths classes which provides excellent experience of explaining mathematical concepts to KS4 students and can also help consolidate your knowledge and understanding. Opportunities to take on additional maths mentoring of small groups is also available.

Student quotes

“Further Maths has really helped me with both my Maths and Physics A levels”

“Maths builds on your GCSE knowledge but Further Maths is new, interesting and fun!”

Progression

Further Mathematics qualifications are prestigious and are strongly welcomed by universities.  Students that study Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any maths-related degree (this covers a very wide range of academic areas – engineering, sciences, computing, finance/economics, etc. as well as mathematics itself).