Mathematics

Mathematics

(AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics)

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

Compared with the GCSE course, you will find that a much greater part of lesson time is taken up
with discussion of new ideas and techniques, leaving much of your own written practice to be
completed privately. As the course progresses, an increasing emphasis is placed on developing your
ability to present a reasoned solution to a problem, rather than on simply obtaining an “answer”.

PURE MATHEMATICS
Pure Mathematics develops the algebraic techniques of simplification and equation solving well
beyond the level of GCSE. The two branches of calculus are introduced: “differentiation” deals with
the way in which continuously varying quantities change, and “integration” studies the cumulative
effect of a continuous variable. Other topics include: the study of geometry, algebraic and
trigonometric functions, and the introduction of logarithmic and exponential functions.

MECHANICS
Mechanics is the study of forces and motion. It explores the properties of position, velocity,
acceleration, force, momentum, energy, and the relationships between the forces acting on a
stationary object.

STATISTICS
Statistics is concerned with the collection, organisation, representation, analysis, and interpretation
of data. Topics covered are: descriptive statistics, probability, random variables, linear regression,
sampling and hypothesis testing.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

Students wishing to study Mathematics at Advanced Level are normally required to have a grade 9,
8, 7 or 6 at GCSE (and therefore to have been entered for the Higher Tier). Only in exceptional cases
will a lower grade be considered.

Equipment

A calculator that can perform calculations with statistical distributions and deal with 3×3 matrices is
essential for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics. The recommended calculator is the Casio
FX-991 EX, which will be available to purchase through the School.

ASSESSMENT

The course is linear, with three two-hour examinations, taken at the end of Year 13.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

Mathematics qualifications are inevitably highly-regarded in many areas of work. Computer studies,
finance, engineering, logistics, management, science and systems analysis are all areas looking for
well-qualified mathematicians.