Exam Board: Edexcel
Subject Leader: Mr S Roberts
When covering material in Core Mathematics, students will be developing their knowledge from GCSE on algebra, coordinate geometry, and trigonometry. Initially a lot of the work extends on previous topics, developing into learning new material such as calculus. Students will cover work in two areas of Applied Mathematics. The first of these is statistics, which extends the work covered in GCSE on statistics and probability as well as introducing new ideas such as the Normal and Binomial Distribution. The second area of Applied Mathematics covered will be Mechanics, which links closely to Physics and studies topics including objects moving and the effects of forces on objects.
How is the course organised and assessed?
During classes, students will have the opportunity to experiment and discover for themselves as well as being taught in a more traditional style. Students will be expected to do research themselves, the course demands a mature and sensible approach throughout in order to allow success and independent study is vital to a successful student.
At the end of the course, students will sit three exam papers, each making up one third of their total grade. Two of the papers will be based on their work in Core Mathematics, the third paper will be on Applied Mathematics.
An A Level in maths is highly desirable for not just maths based degrees, but many science-based courses seek it alongside the desired science A Level.