Mathematics

Our exciting Mathematics curriculum

Mathematics

Overview

An A Level in Mathematics demonstrates a level of intelligence and sharpness of mind that will be attractive to both employers and universities. The subject is engaging and challenging and you will enjoy the sense of achievement of modelling and solving complex problems. Mathematics A level is also an excellent support of subjects such as Geography, Physics, Biology, Business and Psychology.

Curriculum

Lower Sixth Edexcel AS Mathematics provides a broad foundation in Pure Mathematics methods, alongside the study of Statistics and Mechanics, each of which is then developed further in Upper Sixth Edexcel A2 Mathematics.

Pure Maths – includes algebra, geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, vectors, differentiation and integration. Statistics – includes sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing.

Mechanics – includes quantities and units, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws.

 

Educational visits and extra-curricular activity

The department provides a number of opportunities for students to extend their learning beyond the specifications. They are encouraged to participate in the Senior Maths Challenge and Senior Team Challenge events. They are invited to attend the innovative Maths Inspiration lectures and other similar events at local universities to inspire their mathematical imaginations and extend their understanding of how mathematics is applied in a variety of real world contexts. Mathematics will require a diligent approach to studies as each unit builds on earlier work and requires the mastery of new techniques. Students are expected to have obtained grade 6 or higher at GCSE.

Rooms and resources

The department’s teaching is predominantly based in three rooms, all equipped with interactive teaching screens, student mini-whiteboards and a variety of classroom teaching resources. The department subscribes to a number of websites, to support the teaching and learning of Mathematics, and these are accessible to all students both in college and at home.