Mathematics

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COURSE OUTLINE

The Mathematics Department at Stokesley Sixth Form College offers a broad and varied package of courses centred around the new linear A level specifications. These are:

  • A complete course in A level Mathematics for those who enjoy and are capable at the subject and which also provides support for the mathematical requirements of other A level courses
  • A rigorous and challenging course in A level Further Mathematics, for those who hope to study at university an undergraduate course that includes a significant amount of mathematics, as well as for those who have a flair for the subject and want to study it to a high level
  • A Mathematical Studies Level 3 course that develops additional skills and confidence and whose aim is to provide a firm mathematical foundation for those who wish to proceed to further study or to employment

A Level Mathematics Course

We offer the AQA course (Specification 7357).

The course encourages students to understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study and to employment in a wide range of disciplines. It builds from GCSE level mathematics and introduces calculus and its applications. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how mathematics can be applied to model situations using algebra, to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business.

In common with all other linear A level maths courses, this consists of:

  • Pure Mathematics – comprising about two-thirds of the course.
  • Mechanics – comprising about one-sixth of the course.
  • Statistics – comprising about one-sixth of the course.

The course is examined by 3 two-hour examinations at the end of two years of study:

  • Paper 1: Pure Mathematics
  • Paper 2: Pure Mathematics & Mechanics
  • Paper 3: Pure Mathematics & Statistics

There is no coursework. A scientific or graphical calculator is allowed in all three exams.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for students who achieve grades 7, 8 or 9 at GCSE.

A Level further MATHEMATICS

We have chosen the OCR B (MEI) course (Specification H645).

The course has been developed in collaboration with Maths in Education and Industry (MEI). It is designed for students with an enthusiasm for mathematics, many of whom will go on to degrees in mathematics, engineering, the sciences and economics; or to any subject where mathematics is developed further than in A level Mathematics. Further Mathematics B (MEI) is both deeper and broader than A level mathematics. As well as building on algebra and calculus introduced in A level mathematics, the course’s core content introduces complex numbers and matrices, fundamental mathematical ideas with wide applications in mathematics, engineering, physical sciences and computing. The non-core content includes different options that can enable students to specialise in areas of mathematics that are particularly relevant to their interests and future aspirations. A Level Further Mathematics prepares students for further study and employment in highly mathematical disciplines that require knowledge and understanding of sophisticated mathematical ideas and techniques.

The course consists of:

  • Pure Mathematics – a common core, comprising half of the course.
  • Mechanics – comprising about one-sixth of the course.
  • Statistics – comprising about one-sixth of the course.
  • Either extra Mechanics or extra Statistics – comprising the final one-sixth of the course. We will choose this final part of the course taking into account the interests and future study plans of the students themselves. For the 2017-19 class, we chose extra Statistics; for the 2018-20 class, we have chosen extra Mechanics.

The course is examined by 3 examinations at the end of two years of study:

  • Paper Y420 : Core Pure Mathematics (2 hours 40 minutes)
  • Paper Y421 : Mechanics Major (2 hours 15 minutes)

or Y431 : Mechanics Minor (1 hour 15 minutes)

  • Paper Y422 : Statistics Major (2 hours 15 minutes)

or Y432 : Statistics Minor (1 hour 15 minutes)

There is no coursework. A scientific or graphical calculator is allowed in all three exams.

There is also the opportunity for students to study the first part of this course (for just one year) and sit an examination in AS level Further Mathematics.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for students who achieve grades 8 or 9 at GCSE.

LEVEL 3 MATHEMATICS STUDIES

This two-year course is offered by AQA and is aimed primarily at students who wish to do some mathematics in the Sixth Form, but do not wish to study a full A Level. It is particularly useful for students who will be using mathematics in their other subjects, especially anyone considering studying sciences, geography, psychology, accountancy, business studies or economics at a higher level.

The AQA Certificate Level 3 Mathematical Studies (1350) qualification is broadly equivalent to an AS level. Students study the course for 2 lessons a week over the two years of sixth form. It looks at the use of mathematics and its applications.

The core part of the course includes:

  • analysis of data;
  • maths for personal finance;
  • estimation;
  • critical analysis of given data and models

The optional part of the course focuses on statistical techniques and includes:

  • the normal distribution
  • probabilities and estimation
  • correlation and regression

The course is suitable for students who, from past experience, have traditionally found A level maths very challenging. It aims to develop students who are confident when faced with mathematical problems, percentages and finance, interpretation of statistics, probability and graphs.

The course is examined by 2 examinations of 1 hour 30 minutes at the end of two years of study. There is no coursework. A scientific or graphical calculator is allowed in both exams.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for students who achieve grades 5 or 6 at GCSE.

What type of student is this course suitable for?

This is a very academic course suitable for students who would like to develop their mathematical skills to a high level. You should be confident in applying mathematical techniques to unfamiliar situations and enjoy developing your algebraic skills.

Where could this course take you?

Studying both A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics provides a foundation for further studies in any science or maths-based course, including: engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, medical science and psychology; also statistcs, management and actuarial science. The top universities prefer students who have studied further mathematics.

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