### AS-LEVEL CORE MATHEMATICS

**Examination Board: **AQA

**Introduction and Structure**

This is a new one year qualification aimed at students who have achieved a Grade 4 or above at GCSE. Students are expected to study three A-levels alongside core maths.

Core mathematics has been designed to maintain and develop real-life mathematical skills. The course will include a financial mathematics element and can help with other A-level subjects, in particular with science, geography, business studies, economics and psychology. Core maths involves solving meaningful problems to increase your confidence in using mathematics. This will enable you to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of your other courses, higher education and employment.

**What areas would you study?**

As well as building on prior knowledge the core mathematics specification covers new mathematical areas including:

- maths for personal finance
- estimation
- critical analysis of given data and models
- critical path analysis
- expectation
- cost benefit analysis

**How are you assessed?**

At the end of the year you will sit two papers, both 90 minutes, calculator allowed.

**Entrance Requirements: Core Mathematics**

Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths

### A-level Mathematics

**Examination Board: **AQA

**Introduction and Structure**

Mathematics and further mathematics are versatile qualifications covering the up-to-date application and theory of a range of mathematical disciplines.

**What areas would you study?**

- pure mathematics: methods and techniques which underpin the study of all other areas of mathematics, such as, proof, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and vectors.
- statistics: statistical sampling, data presentation and probability leading to the study of statistical distributions.
- mechanics: the study of the physical world, modelling the motion of objects and the forces acting on them.

**Entrance Requirements: Mathematics**

Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 6 or above in maths and Grade 4 or above in English

### A-level Further mathematics

**Examination Board: **AQA

**What areas would you study?**

- pure mathematics content, making up at least 50% of the qualification

The remainder of the content is made up of options which include:

- additional pure mathematics
- additional mechanics
- discrete mathematics

**Entrance Requirements: Further Mathematics**

Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 7 or above in maths and Grade 4 or above in English

**How do you learn?**

The mathematics courses build on the key concepts learnt in Key Stage 4. There are nine lessons for each every fortnight. Homework will be set regularly and there is an expectation that you will spend time undertaking independent study to ensure you are following the course content.

**How are you assessed?**

100% examination. There are three terminal papers. There are no coursework or controlled assessment elements.

**Careers and Progression**

Mathematics A-level is well-respected by employers, providing students with strong logical and analytical skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree courses, A-level mathematics is a requirement and A-level further mathematics is highly desirable. The skills learnt are of great benefit in other subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.

There are many applications of mathematics in technology from games design and aircraft modelling through to forensics and DNA sequencing. Financial systems and online purchasing systems are underpinned by mathematics, relying heavily on online security and encryption. A good understanding of algebra, graphs, logarithms and probability are beneficial for the study of chemistry, biology and geography. Psychologists use statistics to analyse the relationships between variables and predict behaviours.