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Sixth Form (KS5) Mathematics

Examination Board: EDEXCEL

Do you want to work on big engineering projects, design aircraft or submarines, design video games or even go into teaching? A Level Maths will give you an opportunity to study Maths at a higher level. It will require deep thinking, problem solving and a rational approach to a new programme of study. Each section will test your skills to analyse information, and study new and varied topics. A Level extends your learning from GCSE and introduces new topics that differ completely from those previously studied.

The A Level mathematics course is highly regarded by Universities and employers. It fits any combination of subjects and complements a wide range of other courses such as Business Studies, Geography, ICT and the Sciences.

Mathematics is a very popular A Level subject at Audenshaw. This modular course consists of a mixture of Core Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics, which allows for a broad range of Applied Mathematics.

There is no coursework requirement for AS or A2 Level Mathematics, the subject is assessed wholly by examination.

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A2 Level

In the second year of study, Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1 will be studied for a full A Level in Mathematics.

In Core 3 students will be assessed on: Algebraic fraction, Functions, Exponential and log functions, Numerical methods, Transforming graphs of functions, Trigonometry, Further trigonometric identities and Differentiation

In Core 4 students will be assessed on: Partial Fractions, Coordinate geometry, Binomial expansion, Differentiation, Vectors, and Integration

In Mechanics 1 students will be assessed on: Mathematical models, Kinematics, Dynamics, Statics, Moments and Vectors

The modules offer logical and clearly structured progression through mind-stretching exercises. The work will be challenging and highly enjoyable. It will involve the use of graphical calculators or IT software packages (Spreadsheets and graphing programs), especially in conjunction with coursework.

You will be introduced to new fields of study including Calculus, Mechanics and Functions, while developing familiar areas such as Algebra, Probability and Trigonometry.

The demanding course requires a good knowledge of higher level Mathematics.

Career Options for Post 16 Maths Students - • Engineering • Banking /Finance • Web Design • Researcher • Quantity Surveyor • Teaching

These and many more career opportunities are available to you. Whatever you go into, Maths A Level students will have new and varied skills that would be attractive to any employer.


Sixth Form (KS5) Further Mathematics

Examination Board: EDEXCEL

You should think of doing Further Mathematics if you enjoy Mathematics and are very good at it, especially algebraic manipulation. It must be taken in conjunction with A Level Mathematics – you cannot take Further Mathematics on its own. It will involve 12 modules in all, resulting in certification in two A Levels, Mathematics and Further Maths or 9 modules resulting in A Level Maths and AS Further Maths.

A2 Level

In the second year of study, Further Pure 2, Further Pure 3 and Statistics 3 will be studied for a full A Level in Further Maths.

In Further Pure 2 students will be assessed on: Inequalities, Series, Further complex numbers, First order differential equations, Second order differential equations, Maclaurin and Taylor series and Polar coordinates

In Further Pure 3 students will be assessed on: Hyperbolic functions, Further coordinate systems, Differentiation, Integration, Vectors and Further matrix algebra

In Statistics 3 students will be assessed on: Combinations of random variables, Sampling, Estimation, confidence intervals and tests, Goodness of fit and contingency tables and Regression and correlation

Further Maths is traditionally taught in smaller teaching groups, where you will have more one-to-one tuition. More and more students now opt to study Further Maths as there are many benefits in having two AS levels, or even two A2 levels in Mathematics. The results to date have been excellent. It is highly recommended that you do Maths and Further Maths at A Level if you intend to study Mathematics at University or take a Maths related degree such as Engineering. AS level Further Mathematics is an absolute essential minimum if you are thinking about applying to study Mathematics at Oxbridge.

You do not have to be considering studying Maths at degree level to do Further Maths at AS or A2 level. A love of Maths and the desire for a rewarding challenge will suffice, along with a grade A or A* at GCSE.


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