top of page # MATHS

A Level

Two Years

## ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

GCSE Maths at Grade 6 and an average points score of 5.7 or above.

## ASSESSMENT METHOD

This course is assessed by exams.

This course is ideal for learners who have a strong interest in working with numbers and problem solving. The course covers topics such as indices, surds, polynomials, co-ordinate geometry and graphs, differentiation and integration, quadratic theory, trigonometry, sequences and series algebra, numerical methods, differential equations, vectors, force as a vector, equilibrium of a particle, kinematics and many more.

There is the opportunity to take part in a national Mathematics competition as well as attending the popular Scary Maths classes that take place at lunchtime. Ian Thompson

## WHO IS  THIS AIMED AT?

This course is aimed at students who:

• Have an interest in and enthusiasm for Mathematics

• Enjoy problem-solving and developing ideas in a mathematical context

• Enjoy relating Mathematics to real life situations, in particular, how mathematical models can be used to simulate these situations

• Would like to progress in any career which involves Mathematics, such as Engineering, Sciences, Accountancy, Finance

## WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

• Algebra and functions

• Coordinate geometry

• Sequences and series

• Trigonometry

• Exponentials and logarithms

• Differentiation

• Integration

• Vectors

• Quantities and units in mechanics

• Kinematics

• Forces and Newton’s law

• Statistical sampling

• Data presentation and interpretation

• Probability

• Statistical distributions

• Statistical hypothesis testing

## WHAT SKILLS WILL YOU  DEVELOP?

• Solve simultaneous equations in two variables by elimination and by substitution

• Problem Solving

• Teamwork

• Manipulate polynomials algebraically, including expanding brackets and collecting like terms, factorisation and simple algebraic division; use of the factor theorem

• Understand and use graphs of functions; sketch curves defined by simple equations including polynomials

• Interpret algebraic solution of equations graphically; use intersection points of graphs to solve equations

• Understand, use and interpret graphs in kinematics for motion in a straight line: displacement against time and interpretation of gradient

• Communication

• Understand the concept of a force; understand and use Newton’s first law.

• Understand and use Newton’s second law for motion in a straight line

• Understand and use weight and motion in a straight line under gravity; gravitational acceleration, g, and its value in S.I. units to varying degrees of accuracy

• Understand and use Newton’s third law; equilibrium of forces on a particle and motion in a straight line

• Conduct a statistical hypothesis test for the proportion in the binomial distribution and interpret the results in context

• Decision Making

• Time Management

• Develop Resilience

## PROGRESSION ROUTES

• Accountant

• Finance

• Research Scientist

• Statistician

• Logistics

• Maths Teacher

• Director

• Manager

• Engineer

• Computer programmer

• Actuary

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