Mathematics at a level is one of the most rewarding, satisfying and respected subjects available to a student. Extending ideas introduced at GCSE and also introducing totally new ideas, such as calculus and mechanics, it gives a deep understanding of how maths works and gives students the skills to apply maths in a range of different situations. Hard work and practice matter more than natural ability so any student willing to put the effort in can be confident of success on the Mathematics A Level
“Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.” - Stefan Banach
Alongside the general entry requirements to Sixth Form, students must have achieved a 6 grade in Higher Level GCSE Maths and have B grades in two good science.
The core modules taught will develop students’ tool-kit of mathematical techniques, building upon GCSE topics and exploring more advanced branches of mathematics. Statistics applies mathematical modelling to a range of different scenarios, such as probability, correlation, and complex distributions. Students will be taught such data can be analysed, giving incredible insight into the natural world and human behaviours. This module will be a huge asset for students going on to study a huge range of degrees, from the sciences through to the humanities.
The Core modules demand deeper understanding of previously learnt concepts and also begin to reveal the intricate links between these strands. Mechanics 1 introduces the world of forces, motion and balance to the students. Using mathematics developed in Core 1-4, students will accurately model real-life kinetic and dynamic situations and see for themselves how powerful mathematics can be when applied to real-world systems.
As a ‘facilitating subject’ a Mathematics A Level gives students the widest possible range of options in higher education or industry. Strong mathematical skills are essential in a host of careers and an A Level qualification would give a significant advantage to a student. We have had several students go on to study Mathematics Degrees each year, often at the top universities. Other options are degrees in engineering, the sciences, humanities, finance, business and accountancy.
Ways to help my child succeed
Regular and focused practice is the key to success in the Mathematics A Level. Parents and carers should ask to see assessments and exercises done as homework and make sure the work is clear and neat. Ask the student to explain what they are doing in each step, as teaching others is a powerful method of learning.
As the course is delivered as separate modules, it is vital that students keep their notes organised and accessible. They should have individual folders for each module, sorted into chapters. Notes and assessment should be filed in the correct place, along with any revision material the student has sourced themselves. Even in the unlikely scenario that a student has no specific homework to complete, they could benefit greatly from making sure their notes are in order and reviewing previous chapters.
- www.mymaths.co.uk has an excellent series of lessons and online assessments on the A Level topics.
- www.mathsnetalevel.com breaks down each module into topics then offers tutorial videos, exam questions, marked answers, and timed assessments.
- www.khanacademy.com a huge series of interconnected video tutorials from primary school maths right through to degree level.