Mathematics A Level
Level: AS & A LEVEL
Exam Board : WJEC
Location: Bryn Celynnog
Pupils must follow a compulsory component in Pure Mathematics plus one of two optional components, Mechanics or Statistics.
Assessment is 100% examination. The AS course involves 3 examinations, each of 1.5 hours. The A LEVEL course involves a further 3 examinations of 1.5 hours (i.e. A full ‘A’ level consists of 6 examinations).
|C1 – Pure||Algebra, co-ordinate geometry, surds and differentiation.|
|C2 – Pure||Series, Logarithms, geometry of the circle, radian measure, trigonometric functions and integration|
|EITHER M1 Mechanics||Equations of motion, Newton’s Laws, friction movement and impulse, moments, centre of mass, resolution of forces and equilibrium.|
|OR S1 Statistics||Probability and distribution theory.|
|A LEVEL Modules|
|C3 – Pure||Trigonometric equations, functions, ex and In x, differentiation, integration and roots of equations|
|C4 – Pure||Binomial series, trigonometric equations, Cartesian & parametric equations, differential equations, integration and vectors.|
|EITHER M2 Mechanics||Rectilinear motion, dynamics, motion under gravity, vectors, circular motion.|
|OR S2 Statistics||Uniform distribution, normal distribution, hypothesis testing, and confidence limits|
To study mathematics at ‘A’ level, students must have gained a good mathematics grade at GCSE. They must possess good study skills and have a genuine commitment to the subject.
Mathematics provides a sound basis for many occupations as well as an entry subject for higher / further education.
Staff to consult for further information
Mr. P. Smith, Mr. D. Evans
Level: AS and A LEVEL
Exam Board: W.J.E.C.
Location: Y Pant School
Pure Mathematics: – The development and acquisition of techniques and skills which can be applied to more advanced problems in Maths
New methods such as Calculus and Co-ordinate Geometry.
The principles of mathematical modelling.
Statistics: – The use of probability and statistical inference along with pure maths techniques to solve real-life problems.
Mechanics: – Modelling the real-life interaction of bodies and forces both in dynamic and static situations.
Requirements/Skills for entry to the Course
Minimum Grade C at G.C.S.E. Level; preferably Grade B or above at higher tier.
The ability to manipulate and understand algebraic formulae.
An interest in Mathematics and its applications.
Brief outline of the Course
This is a modular course. Students will study a mixture of units on Pure Maths and Statistics or Mechanics leading to an AS or A level in an aspect of Advanced Mathematics. Progress to A LEVEL will depend on a satisfactory standard being gained at AS.
Methods of Assessment
Examinations will be taken in June of year 12 and January and June of year 13.
Career Opportunities/Additional Information
Complements any science course.
Provides an analytic base for social sciences, economics and geography.
Supports engineering disciplines.
Essential for study at degree level.
Provides opportunities for recreational and problem solving activities.
Staff to consult for further information – Mr. R. Fisher.