"I enjoy maths because it challenges your mind as well as getting you to work independently and there’s lots of opportunity to do groupwork. I feel a great sense of achievement when I’ve worked through a difficult problem and get the correct solution. “
- Higher tier GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above (students must also complete a booster pack aimed at consolidating their knowledge of A and A* GCSE topics)
Core Mathematics 1 (C1)
- This module covers algebra, coordinate geometry, differentiation and integration.
Core Mathematics 2 (C2)
- This module covers algebra and functions, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation and integration.
Core Mathematics 3 (C3)
- This module covers algebra and functions, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and numerical methods.
Core Mathematics 4 (C4)
- This module covers algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and vectors.
Statistics 1 (S1)
- This module covers numerical measures, probability, the Binomial distribution, the Normal distribution, estimation, correlation and regression.
Decision 1 (D1)
- This module covers simple ideas of algorithms, graphs and networks, spanning tree problems, matching, shortest paths in networks, route inspection problem, Travelling Salesperson problem, linear programming and mathematical modelling
Mechanics 1 (M1)
- This module covers mathematical models in mechanics, vectors, kinematics of a particle moving in a straight lines, dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane, statics of a particle and moments.
- Each module is assessed through a 1 hour and 30 minute written paper weighted at 16.7% of an A Level (33.3% of an AS) There is no coursework element.
- Core 1, Core 2 and either Decision 1/Statistics 1/Mechanics 1 will be examined at the end of Year 12.
- Core 3, Core 4 and either Decision 1/Statistics 1/Mechanics 1 will be examined at the end of Year 13.
Progression routes from this course
This course provides you with the skills for further study in a variety degree courses, or for further on the job training. It also complements areas such as the Sciences, Geography, Business, Psychology and other research-based subjects.
Examples of mathematical careers include:
- Data Analysis/Statistician
- Mathematics Teacher (although all teaching requires a minimum grade C in both GCSE English & maths)