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

Students can place a £40 deposit to order the syllabus textbooks.

 

Head of Department: Mr Anthony Shaw

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

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