Post 16 Provision

Mathematics at AS and A2 is a course worth studying, not only as a supporting subject for the physical and social sciences but in its own right. The Mechanics module is very useful (though not essential) for Physics and Technology. Statistics is valuable for Geography, Economics, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, although again, it is not essential. Students will find it challenging and interesting, building on work covered at GCSE, and introducing new ideas and concepts.

Course aims

To use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems. To solve quite complicated problems by using mathematical arguments and logic. You will also have to understand and demonstrate what is meant by proof in mathematics. To use the mathematics that you learn to solve problems that are given to you in a real life context.

Course structure (Edexcel)

Lessons tend to be class taught with the teacher modelling solutions along with interaction from students.

AS Units of study

1. Core mathematics 1 (C1)
2. Core mathematics 2 (C2)
3. Either Probability and Statistics (S1) or Mechanics (M1)

A2 Units of study

1. Core mathematics 3 (C3)
2. Core mathematics 4 (C4)
3. Either Probability and Statistics (S1) or Mechanics (M1)

Qualifications and expectations

The minimum entry requirement is a grade B at GCSE; however it is strongly advised that you speak to your Mathematics teacher to discuss your suitability for A level before applying. Securing a pass in AS level Mathematics is very challenging for students who only achieved a grade B at GCSE.

Roughly the same amount of time should be spent on Mathematics inside and outside of lessons. Homework tends to consist of regular short assignments that often prepare students for the next lesson or consolidate their understanding from the work covered that week.

Assessment

 Unit Mode of assessment % of AS % of A Unit 1: 1½ hour exam: Core mathematics 1 (C1) 33.3% 16.7% Unit 2: 1½ hour exam: Core mathematics 2 (C2) 33.3% 16.7% Unit 3: 1½ hour exam: Probability & Statistics (S1)/Mechanics (M1) 33.3% 16.7% Unit 4: 1½ hour exam: Core mathematics 3 (C3) 16.7% Unit 5: 1½ hour exam: Core mathematics 4 (C4) 16.7% Unit 6: 1½ hour exam: Probability & Statistics (S1)/Mechanics (M1) 16.7%

Staff in Department

Mr E Lavelle - Head of Department and Teacher of Mathematics

Miss M Scallon

Mrs M Mc Kenna

Miss C Logan

Mrs L McEneaney