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# Mathematics & Further Maths

## Introduction

Maths is a universal part of human culture. It is the tool and language of commerce, engineering and other sciences – physics, computing, biology etc. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us. As society becomes more technically dependent, there will be an increasing requirement for people with a high level of mathematical training. Analytical and quantitative skills are sought by a wide range of employers. An A Level in mathematics provides you with a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking.

A Level Mathematics student will learn two Pure Mathematics units (Year 1 and Year 2) as well as two applied units combining Statistics and Mechanics in each unit (Year 1 and Year2). The two Pure Mathematics papers will test any materials covered in either Year 1 or Year 2 with same applying for the Statistics and Mechanics papers.

The aim of this specification is not only to make our mathematicians fluent in the use of a wide range of mathematical skills but also to be able to apply these skills in a wide variety of ways through rigorous problem solving tasks.

Students studying A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics complete the following exams all with the EDEXCEL examination board at the end of Year 13:

**A Level Mathematics Exams (Year 13)**

- Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (Further Algebra, Geometry, Vectors, Trigonometry, Proof, Sequences and Calculus).
- Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (Further Algebra, Geometry, Vectors, Trigonometry, Proof, Sequences and Calculus).
- Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (Data Analysis, Distributions, Probability, Hypothesis testing, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws and Moments)

Each paper is 2 hours long and worth 100 marks. They individually contribute to 33.33% of the A level.

**A Level Further Mathematics Exams (Year 13)**

Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1 (Proof, Complex number, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations).

Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2 (Proof, Complex number, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations).

Paper 3: Decision Mathematics 1

Paper 4: Further Mechanics 1

Each paper is 1 hour 30 minute long and worth 75 marks. They individually contribute to 25% of the A level in Further Maths.

Students are awarded a single Grade from the aggregate of the outcomes from the 3 papers for mathematics (4 papers for Further Mathematics). There is no coursework for either A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics. Students take all exams in May/June of Year 13.

**Mathematics Specification:**

**Further Mathematics Specification:**

#### Why you should consider this course?

Having successfully completed your GCSE course in mathematics at grade 7 or above, you are now in a position to tackle Mathematics at a more advanced level. This is a highly regarded and enjoyable A-Level. Keen GCSE students will find A-Level Maths an even more stimulating and rewarding course.

We can guarantee that every student will receive first class tuition using a variety of teaching strategies. This coupled with our excellent support program makes The Warren School an excellent place to study Mathematics.

#### Who is suitable to study this course and what are the entry requirements?

Students must attain at least a minimum Grade 7 in Mathematics on a higher paper or above. We would prefer a grade 8 or 9. For entry into Further Maths we require a grade 9.

#### What independent study will I have to do?

Most independent study is based on set homework tasks, and revision for class tests and formal exams. We would also expect students to develop a wider appreciation of the role Mathematics plays in the wider world. This can include reading around the subject and taking part in summer schools programmes offered by many universities.

As a guide, for every class based lesson, we would expect double the time being committed to independent work.

#### What other courses complement Mathematics and Further Mathematics?

Mathematics is linked to a number of subjects. Courses in Finance, Business Studies, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics and Economics will be influenced by Mathematical and Statistical techniques so are the most relevant.

#### A Level Results 2021

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving

69% A*-C in Mathematics and

67% A*-C in Further Mathematics

#### A Level Results 2020

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving

70% A*-C in Mathematics and

100% A*-C in Further Mathematics

#### Future Career

A-Level Maths is also widely regarded as one of the most prestigious A-Level to attain. Universities will look very favourably on students with A-Level Maths and Further Maths. The Russell group will certainly expect A-Level Mathematics for many courses.

Direct career paths from Mathematics include accountancy, engineering, statistician, economist, actuarial work, investment/financial analyst, teaching, lecturing, scientific research to name but a few.