A Level Mathematics
Who Will Teach Me?
The teaching is shared between Sir John Nelthorpe School and the Vale Academy. There are currently two teaching groups due to the popularity of this subject, one at each site.
What Entry Requirements Do I Need For A Level Mathematics?
The normal Sixth Form entry requirements including at least GCSE Grade 6 in Mathematics.
How Will I Be Assessed?
The A level course in Mathematics is a two year course which now has a fixed content, and includes Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics, approximately 2/3 Pure, 1/6 Statistics and 1/6 Mechanics. Assessment is through three exams at the end of the second year.
What Will I Learn On This A Level Course?
A level Mathematics builds from GCSE level Mathematics and introduces calculus and its applications. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how mathematics can be applied to model situations mathematically using algebra and other representations, to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business. It prepares students for further study and employment in a wide range of disciplines involving the use of mathematics.
There is no coursework in A level Mathematics but there is an emphasis on proof, problem solving and modelling. There is also a focus on the use of technology and learners should be proficient in the use of their calculator, including obtaining probability values from standard statistical distributions, graphing software and spreadsheets.
What Kind Of Person Studies This Course?
Many students enjoy the challenges of the subject. They like its logic and strict arguments and achieve satisfaction through problem solving. The methods used are effective in many ways.
Mathematics has strong links with a wide range of subject areas. Many students are amazed to discover the amount of mathematics required in subjects such as Geography and Social Sciences as well as the more obvious Science connections.
There is an opportunity to take part in the UKMT Senior competition in November.
There is a chance to help out in the Mathematics departments by:
- Working alongside teachers within KS3 and KS4 lessons
- Helping with visiting primary schools
- Helping with gifted and talented activities
We have found that these opportunities have helped students with their communication skills and confidence.
In order to cope with this course you will be expected to have a confident command of algebraic techniques. A summer induction booklet has been introduced to address this issue.
We are a supportive department who expect you to have an interest and enthusiasm for Mathematics in which you commit to regular homework to consolidate ideas met in the classroom.
Communication is the key and with our smaller class sizes, we are able to offer an environment of mutual respect and the chance to discuss and develop ideas.
Where Will An A Level In Mathematics Lead Me?
Some careers where mathematics plays a major role include:
Accountancy, Actuary, Air Traffic Control, Architecture, Banking, Economics, Engineering, ICT, Meteorology, Operational Research, Optics.
Where Can I Get More Information Or Advice?
For further information you can contact:
Mrs R Peck Or Mrs C Zietsman Or Mrs A Chaffe
Sir John Nelthorpe School The Vale Academy Sir John Nelthorpe School
01652 656551 01652 294511 01652 656551