Mathematics Mechanics A-Level
#### WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

#### ABOUT THE EXTERNAL

#### WHAT CAN A-LEVEL MATHEMATICS OFFER ME?

#### ASSESSMENT

#### MAIN DIFFERENCE TO THE IGCSE

#### SKILLS GAINED

#### CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

**Mathematics A-Level provides a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques necessary for progression into further education, training or employment.**

*In Year 6 you will study:* As a mathematics A Level student you will have to study the four Core Mathematics units P1, P2, P3 and P4, no matter what your specialisation will be in year 7. In these core units you will study the following major topics: algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; numerical methods and vectors.

*In Year 7 you will study: *If you choose to complete A level Pure and Mechanics you will study units M1 and M2 covering the major applied topics: Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; Moments; centres of mass; work and energy; collisions and statics of rigid bodies.

- Compulsory units: P1-P4 which have a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes each.
- Two optional units for the Mechanics qualification: M1 and M2, which have a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes each

Mathematics is so much more than just numbers – it really develops your ability to think on the spot, and quite often to think creatively in order to come up with a solution. This is a highly marketable skill, especially when coupled with the fact that students studying Mathematics at A-Level build on their quantitative reasoning and their ability to manipulate complex ideas.

According to the Mathematics Faculty assessment policy, there should be a maximum of 3 tests per semester. Teachers use a combination of in-class work and homework (and/or coursework) to evaluate and assess the performance of students. Assessment also includes homework, which, beyond consolidating the material taught in class, develops strong study habits, self-discipline and independent learning. The semester grades are calculated based primarily on formal testing as well as homework consistency, class participation and/or quizzes and worksheets.

There is a big gap between the IGCSE and the A Level and for this reason Year 5 is used to bridge this gap and prepare the students for the highly challenging Advanced Level. Only students achieving grades 5-9 can go on to study A Level Mathematics, choosing modules that focus upon their preferred aspect of the course such as pure, mechanics or statistics. Students who achieve 4 and below take a GCSE course in Statistics.

The pursuit of a Mathematics qualification at A-Level really develops analytical and problem-solving skills. Students learn to think clearly, paying attention to detail while manipulating intricate ideas that may follow complex reasoning. By using mathematical techniques to tackle unstructured problems, they develop acute logical thinking skills to formulate problems in precise terms by identifying all necessary key points.

Mathematics can be used as effective means of communication where students learn to develop a collection of resources for the purpose of learning mathematics or for learning to communicate as mathematicians. The rigorous course also encourages students to be thorough and painstaking in their work, while learning to work under pressure independently.

Throughout the A-level Mathematics course, students apply logical and analytical approach to problems. Students are asked to recall, select and use their knowledge of standard mathematical models to represent situations in the real world and then use the results of calculations to make predictions, or comment on the context. These fundamental mathematical skills are highly transferable across all kinds of disciplines and careers. Career opportunities for students who study A-level Mathematics include: industry, accountancy, finance, economics, healthcare, medicine, veterinary science and engineering.

*For further advice, please see Mrs. A. Antoniou, Head of Mathematics*