Mathematics A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code MM_OCR
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

The A level mathematics qualification offers a three-paper model with defined content and calculator usage allowed in all three papers.  

Paper 1 Pure Mathematics 1 

Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and 

logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors and numerical methods.   

 

Paper 2 Pure Mathematics and Statistics. Pure content above in part A and then Statistics content in part B to include:  

Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing. 

 

Paper 3 Pure Mathematics and Mechanics. Pure content above in part A and then Mechanics content in part B to include: 

Quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s Laws and moments. 


Details

Pure Mathematics develops the underlying skills of algebra and geometry.  Applied Mathematics comprises of Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics is the study and analysis of data and information. It builds on the skills studied at GCSE within the data handling topics. Mechanics is the study of forces, energy and motion, all of which extend skills learnt within GCSE Science. You will learn to develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs. 

Extra-curricular activities include opportunities to complete the UKMT Senior Maths individual and team challenges, receiving talks from lecturers and guest speakers and the opportunity to take part in a peer maths mentoring scheme. We highly encourage Maths students to undertake work experience within one of the following sectors if they wish to pursue a career within Mathematics: accountancy, banking and finance, education, physical sciences, life sciences, medicine and health, business consultancy, operational research, economics or engineering. 

How will it be delivered?

All papers carry equal weighting and are assessed by a 2 hour written examination with 100 marks in each.

 

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4 (including English and Science) and with Maths at a minimum grade 7.


Students studying this course will need to have a Casio FX-991EX Classwiz Scientific Calculator. 

 

 

 

Your next steps...

Mathematics has close links with the Sciences and Technology and applications in Social Sciences and Psychology. If combined with Humanities and Languages it will provide a balance of qualifications that is valued by universities and employers alike. Statistics holds strong links with Psychology and Economics. Mechanics is useful to study alongside A Level Physics and provides a good foundation for studying engineering subjects at university level.