Mathematics is highly regarded and provides strong support to any application for employment or further study. The applied units in Mechanics and/or Statistics are necessary for many courses in science and engineering. The Statistics  Mathematics studied at A level is very useful for many courses in the social sciences.


The study of Pure Mathematics develops logical thinking and a systematic approach to problem solving - attributes which are highly valued in the workplace.

Further Mathematics is a separate A Level to Mathematics A Level but both courses must be taken at the same time as both courses overlap in content.

New Specification Changes:

Students can only be awarded an A-level or anAS-level in Mathematics. An AS course can no longer be upgraded to an A-levelqualification in the second year. All students will be entered in the 2 yearA-level course; subject to entry exams (Minimum a “B”). If students do not meetthe expected UG standards in maths, Students will be moved to the AS-level 2year course.

A Level Year 12 Outline:

In year 12 you will study three modules: Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1.  Core 1 covers the topics: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration. Core 2 covers the topics: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration. Statistics 1 covers the topics: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.

AS-level (2 Year):

Students In year 12 you will study two key areas: Core Mathsand Statistics . Core covers the topics: Algebra and functions; coordinategeometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation;integration; Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane;sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms;differentiation; integration. Statistics covers the topics: Mathematical modelsin probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability;correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions;the Normal distribution.

A Level Year 13 Outline:

In Year 13 you study Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1. Core 3 covers the topics: Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods. Core 4 covers the topics: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors. Mechanics 1 covers: Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.

 

AS and A2 Further Maths are designed to be studied as additional subjects to enthusiastic AS and A2 Maths students. Further Maths qualifications are highly regarded and are strongly welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Maths demonstrate a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning maths that is very useful for any maths-rich degree. The AS in Further Maths is accessible to any student prepared to put in extra work, including Saturday and half-term workshops provided by the Further Maths Support Network. A2 Further Maths is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A Level Maths. Students who do it often say it is their favourite subject!

Year 12 Outline:

In year 12 you will study three modules: Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1. Core 1 covers the topics: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration. Core 2 covers the topics: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration. Statistics 1 covers the topics: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.

Year 13 Outline:

In Year 13 you will cover the whole of the Further Mathematics which include six modules; three further pure modules (FP1, FP2 & FP3) and three applied modules (S2, M2 & D1).

FP1 Series; complex numbers; numerical solution of equations; coordinate systems, matrix algebra, proof.

FP2 Inequalities; series, first order differential equations; second order differential equations; further complex numbers, Maclaurin and Taylor series.

FP3 Further matrix algebra; vectors, hyperbolic functions; differentiation; integration, further coordinate systems.

M2 Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; centres of mass;

work and energy; collisions; statics of rigid bodies.

S2 The Binomial and Poisson distributions; continuous random variables; continuous distributions; samples; hypothesis tests.

D1 Algorithms; algorithms on graphs; the route inspection problem; critical path analysis; linear programming; matchings.