Mathematics

Studying Mathematics at A-Level encourages students to develop their abilities to reason logically and extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques. A-Level Mathematics also allows for students to understand the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and society in general.

Although traditionally seen as complementing the sciences, mathematics forms a compatible combination with many other subjects and is very popular with employers. The statistics element of the course may be particularly helpful with geography, economics, biology and psychology while the mechanics units are helpful for students who hope to study physics or engineering.

AIMS

  • Develop Mathematical thinking and problem solving, building on techniques learned in Higher GCSE
  • Understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study
  • Extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques
  • Understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected

Exam board:   OCR
Syllabus title: OCR Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics
Course code:  H240

Course content

The subject content is divided into three areas: Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. 

In Pure Mathematics you will study: Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Vectors and Numerical Methods.

In Statistics you will study: Statistical Sampling, Data Presentation and Interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions and Hypothesis testing.

In Mechanics you will study: Quantities and Units, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws and Moments.

Assessment and weighting

The A Level qualification is assessed through 3 written exams of 2 hours each. The three exams are equally weighted and are split as follows:

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics, 100 marks, 2 hour written paper, 33⅓% of total A Level.

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics, 100 marks, 2 hour written paper, 33⅓% of total A Level.

Paper 3: Pure Mathematics and Mechanics, 100 marks (approx. 50 marks each), 2 hour written paper, 33⅓% of total A Level.

Trips/visits

None

Future opportunities/ career

A level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full-time courses in Higher Education. There are also many areas of employment that see Mathematics at A level as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas.

Higher Education courses or careers that either require A level Mathematics or are strongly related include: Economics, Accountancy, Computing, Medicine, Teaching, Information Technology, Architecture, Psychology, Environmental Studies and Engineering.

Qualifications/ School record

Required

  • 7 or above in Maths

  • 95% attendance in Year 11

  • Good attitude to learning in Maths

Attitude/Qualities

  • Hardworking
  • Resilient
  • Willing to seek help when stuck
  • Enjoy Maths - particularly Algebra

Skills

Required:

  • Organisation and time management

  • Independent learner

  • Can learn facts and figures, and retain information

  • Problem solver

 

Desirable:

  • Team worker

  • Leadership

  • Takes part in class discussions 

  • Creativity in finding solutions

  • Reflective

Experience

Desirable:

  • Have participated in Maths Challenges / competitions in KS3 and/or KS4

 

Updated 08/03/2022