Any student who has followed the higher course at GCSE and gained grade 9 – 6 may begin the ‘A’ Level course in Year 12.
Some students struggle significantly and may require 2 years to complete the AS in Mathematics. Further Mathematics requires minimum grade 8 at GCSE. ‘A’ Level Mathematics students study pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. Pure Mathematics develops the topics met at GCSE – Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Calculus as well as introducing new topics such as exponentials and logarithms. Pure mathematics develops algebraic and geometrical reasoning, which underpins mechanics and statistics. Applied Mathematics includes Mechanics which looks at the application of mathematics to problems involving mechanical quantities such as force, velocity, acceleration and momentum. Whilst Statistics looks at the application of Mathematics to the analysis and representation of data and probability. Through the study of applied mathematics, students will learn how to model real-life situations in mathematical terms, how models are refined and how to identify limitations within this process.