Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
Mathematics is a versatile qualification that is highly valued by many employers as well as higher education establishments. Solving problems help to develop resilience and the ability to think creatively and strategically, whilst presenting structured solutions and justification of results develop an ability to formulate reasoned arguments. The mathematical skills covered are also beneficial to other subject areas, such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics and Psychology.
Structure of Course: A Level Maths
A Level Mathematics currently follows the Edexcel syllabus. Six modules are covered during the course of Year 12 and Year 13: Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1 in Year 12 and Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1 in Year 13. The Core modules comprises Pure Mathematical elements such as algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, calculus, polynomials and sequences and series; Statistics focuses on data representation and interpretation and various probability distributions and Mechanics on vectors, forces and kinematics. Each module is equally weighted and is assessed in the form of a 1½ hour paper; the first 3 modules may all be assessed in the Summer Term of Year 12. There is no coursework.
From September 2017, Mathematics will follow the new reformed specification and as such, will be assessed as a full A Level at the end of Year 13. This assessment will take the form of three 2 hour papers, all equally weighted; there is no coursework. Two of the papers will be based on Pure Mathematical topics and the third will be on Applied Mathematical topics involving both Statistics and Mechanics concepts.
Students who wish to continue studying Mathematics to degree level, or indeed any degree involving a substantial amount of mathematical content, should also consider the A Level Further Mathematics course which is taught alongside the A Level Mathematics course. Under the new A Level reforms, the assessment will comprise 4 papers, 2 of which to be based on Further Pure Mathematical concepts, whilst the other 2 will be dependent on options chosen from more Further Pure Mathematics or other areas of mathematics: Statistics, Mechanics, Decision Maths. These papers are all 1½ hours long and equally weighted.
Mathematics at this level is very much dependent upon good algebraic skills and students enrolling on this course will be expected to do some preparation work during the summer. The entry requirement is a Grade 8 at GCSE, although students who achieve a Grade 7 and studied Additional Mathematics may be considered as well. We expect all students to be hardworking and diligent, highly motivated and be able to work independently throughout the course.
An A Level Mathematics qualification is a valuable key to any scientific degree (Physics, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Economics and of course Mathematics) as successful students will have developed good powers of analysis, the capacity to think logically and the ability to solve problems. Mathematics plays a key role in many areas, for example, within science and industry, financial management, accountancy, construction, aviation, hospitals, marketing, meteorology, manufacturing and computer programming.
Year 12 Resit GCSE
Students will follow the old grade style criteria for last assessment summer 2017. If resit of GCSE in 2018, please see KS4 information.