Mathematics A Level -

MATHEMATICS

SPECIFICATION TO BE CONFIRMED: likely to be EDEXCEL 9MA0

WHY STUDY MATHEMATICS?

Mathematics is a challenging but rewarding subject, building on the foundations students have in place from GCSE. For this reason, students ideally need to have achieved GCSE Mathematics grade A or A*. A Level Mathematics extends many of the topics previously studied at GCSE, and introduces students to new areas of mathematics, such as calculus and mechanics. Other subjects that work well alongside A Level Mathematics include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Computing, Geography and other Social Sciences.

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Likely to be:

Component 1

proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors

Component 2

proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, numerical methods

Component 3

statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, moments

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Students with an A Level in Mathematics can progress to degrees such as Mathematics and Engineering, as well as the Sciences, Social Sciences (e.g., Economics) or Computing. Very good careers beckon A Level mathematicians - e.g., Actuaries, Accountants.

A CURRENT STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

“It was a ‘calculated’ move on my part to take A Level Mathematics!  I’ve learnt lots of new stuff which has helped with my other A Levels, and it has strengthened my application to study Engineering at university.”

- Liz Perrin, Year 13

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

It is very difficult to succeed at A Level Mathematics without a strong grasp of higher level GCSE Mathematics, particularly algebra. Therefore, only students gaining grade 7, 8 or 9 at GCSE will be given automatic entry onto the course. Students gaining grade 6 may be considered on an individual basis provided they have studied the full higher tier GCSE Mathematics course, have successfully completed the summer holiday bridging pack, and have had a conversation with either Miss Flawn or Mrs Forrester before beginning the course.  Students will also be required to have grade 4 or above in English GCSE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Miss C Flawn cfl@sandon.essex.sch.uk or Mrs C Forrester cfo@sandon.essex.sch.uk