“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas” – Albert Einstein
Students will be taught an approach to Mathematics that will enhance their problem solving skills in this subject as well as help to equip them for A levels in a variety of other areas. All the content for A-level is compulsory and will focus on topics from pure maths, statistics and mechanics. Topics which will be new to most students include calculus, series, logarithms and coordinate geometry from pure maths; binomial probabilities and hypothesis testing in statistics; motion of a particle and the forces acting on it in mechanics. Also included in the new specification is an emphasis on proof as well as the use of technology to help solve problems.
To achieve an A-level in mathematics you must sit three 2 hour exams at the end of Year 13.
All exams are equally weighted and require the use of a calculator.
Popular career choices for those with A Level include engineering, computing, accountancy, economics, banking, business, retail management, surveying, psychology, air traffic control, architecture, cartography, psychology and teaching.
Many students continue to university courses in physics, business studies, psychology, computing, engineering, many stipulate Mathematics as essential.
Students should have performed well at higher tier GCSE. Curiosity, determination and resilience are essential problem solving qualities. We recommend students have the Cambridge text books, either by own purchase or via a school based deposit/return scheme. Students are required to have a calculator which has statistical tables built in and a numerical equation solver as well as iterative functionality. The calculator we use to teach the course is the Casio FX-CG50 calculator, which we sell via the school shop at a reduced price.
Head of Department
Mr Crocker, Mrs Wainwright
& Mr Brewer