Mathematics A Level
Studying Mathematics at A Level will place you at the cutting edge of problem solving, spotting patterns, analysis, proof, logical argument and logical thinking. We will extend topics from GCSE and introduce new mathematical concepts which will equip you with the ability to solve an even wider range of more demanding questions. As a mathematician your skill set will mean you will have a methodical and efficient approach to finding solutions which will make you highly sought after in a diverse range of industries.
Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 6 including Mathematics, with no less than grade 5 in English language and at least one other grade 5 or above.
The A Level course is made up of Pure mathematics and Applied mathematics. Two thirds of the content is based on Pure mathematics. In this part of the course ideas from GSCE are extended including Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. Fascinating new concepts are introduced such as Differentiation, Integration, Exponentials and Logarithms.
The remaining third of the course focuses on Applied mathematics. This is made up of Statistics and Mechanics. In Statistics you will learn new ways to analyse, summarise and interpret data sets. Different types of data such as the Binomial Distribution is introduced and ideas of probability are extended. Mechanics concentrates on the motion of objects and the forces upon them. New ideas such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, Connected Particles and Vectors are introduced.
There are three exams at the end of the second year.
Paper 1 and Paper 2 assess Pure mathematics.
Paper 3 assesses Applied Mathematics (Statistics and Mechanics).
Enrichment and Work Experience
Students within the Mathematics department enjoy various enrichment activities:
• Guest speakers from the University of Manchester
• The UK Mathematics Challenge in conjunction with the University of Leeds.
• ‘Maths Inspiration’ lectures
There is an opportunity to complete a one-week work placement in the summer term.
A requirement of the exam board is that all students will be expected to have a Casio fx-991EX Classwiz calculator. Text books and online resources are provided by The Sixth Form.
Links with other subjects:
Mathematics links well with Engineering, Architecture, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Business Studies, Accounting, and IT.
Future Career Opportunities
Every year a high proportion of students who have studied Mathematics as one of their A Levels progress to University to study degrees such as Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Games Development, Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Economics, Pharmacy and Chemistry. Mathematics can help open doors to many careers.
Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?
The Mathematics Department are an enthusiastic, motivated and student focussed team who offer unfailing support for all students to accelerate learning and maximise progress.