Mathematics

Teachers

  • Yvonne Corbishley (Director of Learning)
  • Keith Walker
  • Peta Mellish (Assistant Director of Learning)
  • Frank Malone
  • Tanya Hubbard
  • Lisa Wilson
  • Sophia Gilbert
  • Lucy Watson
  • Zachary Shinebourne

Mathematics A Level

 

Year group or Course title

Years 12 and 13

Course content

This course extends and enhances work previously covered at GCSE. Students explore new and interesting areas of mathematics; for example the beauty and efficiency of calculus. Mathematics is a demanding, but hugely rewarding subject and we would urge all bright mathematicians to consider it strongly as a subject to study in Sixth Form.

You will have 4 lessons a week with 2 Maths specialist teachers. Along with the lessons, you will need to use your own study time to consolidate the work covered in class. This will include tasks set by the teacher but you will also need to regularly review work previously covered to ensure you are prepared for assessments.

For those interested in extending their knowledge beyond this course, Further Mathematics is available. Please ask Mrs Corbishley or Mr Dummett for further details.

Assessment

The course comprises of three units at AS level and a further three units for the full A2; all the units are assessed through written examination papers. The compulsory Pure Core units comprise of work on algebra, calculus, trigonometry and vectors.

In Year 12, you will sit the Pure Core 1 exam in January, and Pure Core 2 and Decision 1 (practical problem solving using algorithms and linear programming) in June. Pure Core 1 is the only modular Mathematics exam that does not allow the use of calculators.

In Year 13, you will sit Pure Core 3 and Mechanics 1 (the Maths behind the motion of objects) in January, and Pure Core 4 in June.

All modules are equally weighted.

Equipment Needed

Students need to have the correct equipment for their lessons i.e. pen, pencil, ruler and rubber. Students must have their own scientific calculators. Graphics calculator are allowed and are particularly useful in Year 13 and Further Mathematics.

Homework

Teachers will:

-          Set homework on a regular basis (at least weekly)

-          Provide e-mail support where needed

-          Provide a drop-in help session after school once a week

-          Set exam questions as homework once a fortnight

Students will:

-          Complete homework by the specified deadline

-          Mark all textbook work using the solutions in the back of the textbook (physically tick/cross the answers) and correct as necessary.

-          Contact the class teacher via e-mail or in person with any problem areas by the evening before the deadline at the very latest. This is to inform the teacher’s planning.

-          Attend drop-in help sessions as necessary

Enrichment opportunities

An AS or A level in mathematics is a highly desirable qualification. It shows that you have good problem solving skills and that you can think in a logical manner. These skills can be transferred into many professions e.g., finance, engineering, law and business.