A Level Mathematics is a challenging course but is becoming increasingly popular and now represents one of the largest courses in the Sixth Form. It should be taken by students who enjoy the satisfaction of pursuing and completing demanding and sophisticated mathematical problems and concepts. There are six modules including Pure, Statistics, Mechanics and Decision options blocks. Please be aware that even good GCSE candidates will not succeed in the course without hard work and commitment.
The Pure topics rely on algebraic skills and so you should
enjoy thinking in abstract terms; you should also be confident and accurate in your use of algebra and manipulation of complex algebraic expressions. It is important to achieve a good mark in the algebra summer tasks set at the end of Year 11 and the end of Year 12, as the course relies heavily on prior knowledge. You will sit two Pure papers in Year 13.
The Applied topics cover Statistics and Mechanics. For the Statistics topics, you should: enjoy the data handling topics in GCSE; be competent at calculations, with and without a calculator; and understand the logic of probability and statistical diagrams.
To succeed in the Mechanics topics, you should find it easy to analyse practical problems and have enjoyed the Mechanics topics in GCSE Physics. This pairs up well with the work studied in A Level Physics. You will sit one Applied paper in Year 13.
You will need to achieve Grade 7 or above at GCSE.
Please be aware that even good GCSE candidates will not succeed in the course without hard work and commitment.
You will be expected to purchase the Casio ClassWiz fx-991EX
calculator to support you in your studies. These currently retail at about £25 and the Mathematics department will organise a
bulk order at the start of Year 12.