King James' School

Mathematics

What’s it all about? 

Mathematics is not only a beautiful and exciting subject in its own right, but underpins many other branches of learning. Mathematics is needed by a wide range of students, from those intending to read the subject at university to those needing particular techniques to support other subjects or chosen careers. The overriding aim of the teachers is to develop students’ understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. A level Mathematics is a very challenging and satisfying course where a willingness to attempt problems with enthusiasm leads to a better understanding of topics. 

Topics studied in the AS and A Level courses come from 3 branches of Mathematics: Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. 

The A Level Material extends the work covered in the AS course as well as introducing new topics.

AS & A Level Courses

The Pure Mathematics topics start to develop the basic techniques and language of algebra that the study of Advanced Mathematics requires. Topics such as algebra, coordinate geometry, sequences and trigonometry follow smoothly on from the Higher GCSE Mathematics course whilst new topics such as logarithms and calculus are introduced. 

The Statistics topics develop ideas in analysing and presenting data that were studied at GCSE. The study of probability formalises a lot of the processes studied at GCSE and extends them into study of the binomial distribution and hypothesis testing.

 The Mechanics topics build on the kinematics studied in the Higher GCSE course and introduce the use of Newton’s laws of motion. 

A Level Course

The Pure Mathematics topics continue to develop the skills needed for the study of the numerate disciplines at university. The new topic of numerical methods is introduced as an approach to mathematical problems which cannot be solved analytically. 

Students’ Statistics knowledge and understanding is broadened further with an introduction to correlation coefficients and the Normal distribution and in Mechanics they will learn to resolve forces to help them to solve problems using Newton’s laws of motion.

Exam and Assessment Information: 

Exam Boards and Codes - under investigation. 

The AS Level Mathematics course is examined after one year.  The content for the full A Level includes the AS Level content and is examined after two years.  The branches of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics are presented separately on the examination papers.

To get started: 

Students intending to study A level Mathematics must have a GCSE Mathematics grade 6.

What next? 

A level Mathematics provides very good support for a wide variety of higher education courses including engineering, chemistry, medicine, business studies, law and accountancy. It is also a very stimulating subject to study in its own right, opening the door to many employment opportunities.

Our students say … 

“Maths is challenging and enjoyable. There is no better feeling than when you get something right in A level maths!”  Grace Merrin 

“Maths is a difficult course to take but it’s fun and worth a lot of effort in the long run.”  Charley Jewkes

 

Mathematics