Mathematics A Level

About the Course

Mathematics is a high tariff A Level that is valued and respected by employers and further education establishments alike. The course will allow students to develop their mathematical knowledge and look at how the different strands of mathematics interlink and thread together. It introduces concepts and ideas that will challenge all students and also provides a set of core skills that will complement many other A Level courses. At Hall Cross we have a highly dedicated, motivated and supportive team of practitioners who care passionately about the subject and our students’ futures.

Exam Board

Edexcel

Requirements

A Grade 7 (or higher) in GCSE Maths Purchase the Casio FX-991EX Classwiz calculator

Course Content

The A Level Mathematics course is a linear, two year course that consists of Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Mechanics & Statistics). You will attend 5 one hour lessons of Maths per week (3 Pure, 2 Applied). The course is formally assessed by 100% examination at the end of Year 13. This consists of 3 two hour papers. These are 2 Pure papers and 1 Applied paper (assessing both Mechanics & Statistics). Pure Mathematics makes up two thirds of the course with content including: algebra; trigonometry; sequences & series; vectors; proof; calculus; exponentials and logarithms. Applied Mathematics makes up the remaining third of the course. The Mechanics aspect is closely related to Physics and covers the study of forces, kinematics, projectiles and moments. The Statistics supports some Social Sciences and covers some of the statistical techniques often used in research and data analysis.   Course assessments and requirements   Internally the course is assessed with a series of assessment points (APs). Student’s must pass each assessment point to show competency for that unit of work. This is to display that they have the required work ethic, skills and mentality for what is a course that rapidly builds in difficulty. A mock exam is then taken at the end of Year 12 and in the Spring of Year 13 in order to assess the students’ understanding as a whole and inform any interventions that may be required.

Beyond the Classroom

As well as attending lessons students will need to dedicate some time each week to external study. This is to re-enforce the essential basics learned in lessons and hone their skills. A "Brew and Review" support session is provided after school one night each week in the Mathematics Department. In this session students can work on their subject skills with each other and get support from their teachers whilst having a hot drink.

Your Future

Mathematics is perhaps the most universal subject of all at A Level, valued by all employers and universities. It can form a substantial part of any portfolio of subjects and in particular complements all of the Science and Social Science subjects. It demonstrates to employers and educational institutions that you have clear logical thought and a significant talent for problem solving. A top grade A Level in Mathematics as part of a suitable portfolio will open doors to all courses at all universities.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mr G Howarth: gho@hallcrossacademy.co.uk
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