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Mathematics

Exam board:

  • Edexcel Advanced GCE in Maths (9MA0) AS Maths (8MA0)

  • AS Further Maths (8FM0) Advanced Further Maths (9FM0)

Why choose to study Mathematics?

Some people may be attracted to Mathematics because of its intrinsic interest, others because they have a talent for the subject and wish to apply it to the physical sciences or to economics and management. A level Maths is considered by many employers, Universities and Colleges as a vital subject, the one subject that catches their attention on an application form

Course outline:

The course will be examined by three papers, each 2 hours long. Papers 1 and 2 will be assessing the Pure Mathematics content and Paper 3 will assess the Statistics and Mechanics parts of the course. All students will follow the same course content.

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions – indices and surds, quadratics, simultaneous equations, inequalities, functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane – straight lines, the circle
  • Sequences and series – binomial expansion
  • Trigonometry – simple identities and equations
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation – first and second derivatives, tangents and normals
  • Integration – definite and indefinite integration
  • Vectors

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions – algebraic division, composite and inverse functions, partial fractions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane – parametric equations
  • Sequences and series – binomial expansion for rational powers, sigma notation, arithmetic and geometric series
  • Trigonometry – radian measure, exact values, reciprocal ratios, further identities and equations
  • Differentiation – trigonometric functions, product and quotient rules, parametric differentiation
  • Integration – area under a curve, substitution and integration by parts
  • Numerical methods – roots of an equation, iterative methods, trapezium rule
  • Vectors – three dimensions

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

Section A: Statistics

· Statistical sampling

· Data presentation and interpretation

· Probability

· Statistical distributions

· Statistical hypothesis testing

Section B: Mechanics

· Quantities and units in Mechanics

· Kinematics

· Forces and Newton’s laws

· Moments

 

Assessment:

All examinations are taken at the end of Year 13. The three papers are of equal weighting, each marked out of 100. Students must answer all the questions. Calculators can be used in all papers but there will be questions in which appropriate working must be shown to gain marks.

Essential student qualifications/abilities:

Students should achieve a grade 6 minimum at GCSE Maths to study A’ level Mathematics.

Desirable student qualifications/abilities:

Students wishing to study Further Maths will need to achieve a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE.

Higher education opportunities:

An A’ level in Maths allows you to go onto study a whole range of subjects, from science including Biochemistry, Physics and Chemistry, to Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics or Statistics. It shows you are able to think both logically and problem solve – valuable skills that every university is looking for.

Career opportunities:

With an A’ level in Maths you can do pretty much anything.  Mathematicians are employed in accounting, banking, insurance and the various branches of engineering, as well as any job in Government. Good teachers of Mathematics, Computing Science and Statistics are always sought after. Since the subject is fundamental to technology, a good mathematician will always have positive career prospects in whatever she chooses to do.

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