The aim of this syllabus has been to produce a course which, while challenging, is accessible and enjoyable to all students. The course develops ability and confidence in mathematics and its applications, together with an appreciation of how mathematical ideas help in an understanding of the world and the society in which we live. It also extends the GCSE teaching and assessment methods into the sixth form.
We would hope that students starting A-level or AS-level Maths had obtained a grade of A* or at G.C.S.E at Higher Level. Students who achieve B grade at Higher level will be considered, though they are likely to find the course difficult.
This A-level is an essential element for further study in mathematical areas and computer studies. The core elements in particular are highly desirable for those going on to study scientific, engineering and design related courses. Discrete maths gives a good background to a solving a range of problems in the modern world from the best route to take to grit roads in winter to understanding the processes involved in programming a computer. The statistical element is valuable for potential psychologists, geographers and biologists. Because passing Mathematics A-level demonstrates an ability to think logically and analytically it is also well regarded as a good qualification in all other areas.
AS Level (Year 12)
Core 1: (16 2/3 %)
Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Differentiation, Integration. Assessed by examination.
Core 2: (16 2/3 % )
Algebra and Functions, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration. Assessed by examination.
Discrete 1: (16 2/3 %)
Algorithms, Graphs and Networks, Spanning Trees, Matchings, Shortest Paths, Chinese Postman Problem, Travelling Salesperson Problem, Linear Programming. Assessed by examination.
A2 Level (Year 13)
Core 3 (16 2/3 % )
Algebra and Functions, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical Methods. Assessed by examination.
Core 4: (16 2/3 % )
Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation and Integration, Vectors. Assessed by examination.
Statistics 1: (16 2/3 % )
Numerical Measures, Probability, Binomial Distribution, Normal Distribution, Estimation, Correlation and Regression. Assessed by examination.