COURSE REQUIREMENTS: A Level Mathematics Edexcel – Students will need a grade 6 or above at GCSE.
WHAT IS THE COURSE CONTENT AND HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
YEAR 1/AS PURE MATHEMATICS Topics include: Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences andseries, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors
YEAR 1/AS APPLICATIONS Section A: Statistics – Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing Section B: Mechanics – Quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws
YEAR 2 PURE MATHEMATICS
Extend the methods of year 1, with the addition of numerical methods, modulus functions, inverse and composite functions, parametric equations, arithmetic and geometric sequences, advanced trigonometry, advanced calculus, vectors in three-dimensions.
YEAR 2 APPLICATIONS Section A: Statistics – Extension of year 1 methods, with the addition of conditional probability, normal distribution, non-linear regression and further hypothesis testing. Section B: Mechanics – Extension of year 1 methods, with the addition of projectiles, friction and moments.
Three exams at the end of Year 13 each 2 hours long. Two papers will cover the pure maths content and the third paper will cover the applications.
“TAKING MATHS HAS HELPED IN NOT ONLY MY SCIENCE SUBJECTS, BUT HAS GIVEN ME A SUBJECT WITH A DIFFERENT STYLE OF LEARNING TO BREAK UP ALL MY OTHER SUBJECTS.”
RACHEL PULLAN YEAR 13 STUDENT
ST NICHOLAS EXTRA:
Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. These include UKMT Senior Challenge, UKMT Senior Team Challenge and University of Southampton Cipher Challenge. Lunchtime clubs are available for Problem Solving and there is a comprehensive program of support for students sitting MAT or Step exams for Oxford or Cambridge entrance