Mathematics

The Gryphon School - Mathematics

Qualification: A Level

Just look around. Some of civilisation’s most prized and proud achievements are wholly reliant on mathematics. Planes flying seamlessly through the air, high availability of complex medicines, even the computer you are use: all of these increasingly vital commodities rely on the use and study of numbers. If you are to stop and think for just a few minutes it becomes inescapably clear that mathematics is pretty well inseparable from life as we know it.

Mathematics A Level is a qualification for students who wish to study Mathematics to a higher level or to support other mathematically heavy courses such as Physics, Engineering or Economics and Social Sciences.

What will I study?

The content of the course is:

Pure Mathematics

Proof

Algebra and functions

Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane

Sequences and series

Trigonometry

Exponentials and logarithms

Differentiation

Integration

Vectors

Numerical methods

Statistics

Statistical sampling

Data presentation and interpretation

Probability

Statistical distributions

Statistical hypothesis testing

Mechanics

Quantities and units in mechanics

Kinematics

Forces and Newton’s laws

Moments

Assessment Method:

The course is assessed entirely at the end of Year 13, with three exam papers in total.  Two thirds of the content is pure mathematics, with the remaining one third of the content being Applied Mathematics (Statistics AND Mechanics)

Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics 1 (2hr paper, 100marks)

Paper 2 – Pure Mathematics 2 (2hr paper, 100marks)

Paper 3 – Statistics and Mechanics (2hr paper, 100 marks)

 

Future Opportunities & Careers

Mathematics is a versatile qualification, well respected by employers and a facilitating subject for entry to higher education. Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also highly interesting and rewarding. People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career. Whilst the number of young people studying A level Mathematics is increasing, there is still a huge demand from science, engineering and manufacturing employers.

Entry Requirements

Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics

Course Expenses

None – we have moved to a digital textbook that is free for students to access.

 

Head of Department: Mr Anthony Shaw

Email: Anthony.shaw@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk

News

Henrietta wins National Young Farmers Junior Member of the Year Competition

Huge Congratulations to Henrietta in Year 12 for winning the National Young Farmers Junior Member of the Year Competition at the national competition finals in Stafford last weekend. To qualify to compete...

News

Summer Newsletter out now!

Please see our Summer 2022 newsletter below: https://issuu.com/glenncoombsshelleys/docs/90545_summer_newsletter_gr_hr?fr=sZDI2NzUwODgxODE

News

Hot Weather

In response to the predicted national heatwave, students will be permitted to wear shorts to school on Monday 18th July and Tuesday 19th July in combination with the normal white Gryphon polo...

SNOW CLOSURE - FRI 1ST FEBRUARY

 

*URGENT MESSAGE*

SCHOOL CLOSURE FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY DUE TO DCC SCHOOL TRANSPORT CANCELLATION