Exam board, syllabus code and title: AQA modular course. A level Maths: MPC1, C2, MS1B, MM1B, etc
There are 2 A levels that we currently offer in the department; Maths and Further Maths. Each A’ level requires the student to take 6 modules over 2 years.
Course requirement: Minimum grade B GCSE Maths studied at higher tier level throughout.
The Maths course has two options:
Mathematics with Mechanics or Mathematics with Statistics
Careers: Science, engineering, medicine, business, economics, geography, design and many more where logical thought, creativity and problem solving is required. It is regarded highly by employers and higher education establishments since many degrees contain a mathematical element.
The mathematics A’ level is a rewarding and satisfying subject for those who love to solve problems, have a passion for Maths and want to complement other A ‘levels as it combines well with most other subjects. It covers the following areas/ modules:
Pure Maths: Algebra, Surds, Graphs, Coordinate Geometry, Simultaneous Equations & Inequalities, Differentiation, Integration (modules C1- C4)
Mechanics is a branch of Maths that looks at mathematical modelling of real life situations, which helps us understand the world around us; such as sports, cars and anything else that moves!
Mechanics includes: Mathematical Modelling, Kinematics: 1-D & 2-D, Statics & Forces, Newton’s Law
of Motion, Connected Particles, Projectiles, Momentum (modules M1, M2)
Statistics is a branch of Maths that looks at the different distributions of data in order to make conclusions based on mathematical evidence. It is great for anyone involved in research and testing.
Statistics includes: Numerical Solutions, Probability, Binomial Distribution, Estimation, Correlation & Regression (modules S1, S2)
Decision Maths is a great alternative to Mechanics or Statistics and looks at logistical problems and computer programming as its emphasis is on method as opposed to the solution. Students are sometimes taught the first decision module as an extra module; and those who take Further Maths as a separate A level use this module as one third of the first year course.
Further Maths is an A ‘level in its own right and is described on its own page in the school prospectus.
Careers: Science, engineering, medicine, business, economics, geography, design and many more where logical thought, creativity and problem solving is required. Any able mathematician will enjoy the depths of this course giving a detailed understanding of how Maths can be used in sciences and the world around us through calculus and geometry.
The modules you take for Further Maths will complement the Maths syllabus, giving you a broader knowledge base for higher education courses; allowing you to combine modules creatively. It is highly regarded by universities and employers.
Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y12
Core: Surds, indices, trigonometry, transformations, circle geometry, quadratics and graphs
Stats: numerical measures, probability, correlation, regressions
Mechanics: modelling, kinematics, 1D and 2D, forces
Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y12
Core: Factorials, series, sequences, differentiation, integration, optimisation
Stats: Binomial, normal, confidence intervals
Mechanics: Newton’s, connected particles, projectiles and momentum
Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y12
Preparation for exams for all modules covered so far
Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y13
Core: inverse trigonometry, differentiation, calculus, e, iterative methods, binomial, functions,
Stats: discrete, Poisson and continuous distributions
Mechanics: moments, equilibrium, centre of mass, energy,
Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y13
Core: exponential growth, differential equations, polynomials, vector equations, integration by parts
Stats: confidence, hypothesis, contingency
Mechanics: kinematics, acceleration, circular motion and variable speed
Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y13
Preparation for exams for all modules covered so far
How we assess students:
Maths is not an easy subject to revise. Students should use the text book and revision materials provided to help my progress from day one of the course. Students need to understand that working at the last minute is not going to work for Maths (or any other A Level).
Students are encouraged to use the text book to its full potential by:
o Using the ‘test yourself’ section.
o Making good revision resources as we cover each chapter, e.g. mind maps or revision cards
o Doing extra questions from the book to get enough practice
Students will need to prepare fully for internal mini-tests, which are held regularly. They will be expected to achieve at least 60% to pass. These tests will be used to monitor their progress and are an integral part of the course.
How homework is set:
For every one hour of Maths lessons, students should be studying for one hour independently, understanding how important it is to do the work while it is fresh in the mind for optimum success.
Homework needs to be handed in on squared paper with name, date and clearly labelled chapters, exercises, questions.
Students should understand the importance of showing the method, showing all working out and quoting rules that have been used; these are all excellent exam techniques.
Students should understand that if they do not have homework ready to hand in at the beginning of the allocated lesson, they may well be turned away from that lesson and will have to catch up on the homework and the work missed before they can return.
Students should understand that marked work should be followed up by making corrections and asking for help throughout the course.
How parents/carers can support their child:
Stationary to be provided by the student from the start:
3 x ring binder for storage at home
3 x pack of dividers – one for each chapter
1 x smaller folder for daily use
Pencil, ruler, pens, eraser, highlighters
A scientific calculator is needed every lesson
Students need to ensure that they are organised from the very start so that their notes and work are kept for regular revision and reference.
Qualities we expect from our A level students:
Participation & reflection
Teamwork & independence
Clear presentation and working out
Well equipped, prepared and reliable
Willingness to take on advice, guidance
Perseverance, patience and honesty
Excellent time management and organisation
Parents need to encourage the above so that lesson time and course time can be optimised. It is important to know that this course is progressive so starting well is so important and will help build firm foundations for the more challenging part of the course.
Useful links: www.ocr.org.uk
mymaths.co.uk for booster packs and work that relates to each module we teach.
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Or for an insight into what careers a Maths degree could lead to:
Students will be provided with a course text for each module. This is their responsibility and they need to bring it back at the end of the course as well as bring it to every lesson. Students will be asked to sign for this book. If they lose this book, it is their responsibility to replace it.
Students are allowed to use any other supportive material that follows the same exam board, to support their independent study.
Students will be given a booklet of past exam papers, with answers, at a small cost to help their exam techniques throughout the module/course. There will be a separate booklet for each module as well as an official EDEXCEL formulae booklet for them to purchase and become familiar with.
As a department, we thrive to see students take maths beyond 16 and use it in their future career in various contexts and various degrees.