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.
Over 2 years you will study the following Pure Mathematics topics which make up two-thirds of the final assessment: Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Vectors and Numerical methods.
You will also study the mathematical applications Statistics and Mechanics topics which make up one-sixth each of the final assessment:
Statistics: Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, Statistical hypothesis testing, familiarity with a large data set.
Mechanics: Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s laws, Moments.