Mathematics

A or AS Level

COURSE OVERVIEW

Year 1

A level Mathematics builds from GCSE level mathematics and introduces calculus and its applications. It draws on ideas from algebra and number covered at GCSE and extends them into new ideas. Students will cover a range of topics involving new ideas and some they have already covered. They will look at applied maths and how these fit in including some aspects of mechanics and statistics. Students will be encouraged to solve problems and will be expected to answer questions with less scaffolding
than GCSE questions combining their subject knowledge and problem-solving skills.

Year 2

Year 2 A level Mathematics builds on mathematics covered in year 1 and develops ideas around calculus and its applications. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how mathematics can be applied to model situations mathematically using algebra and other representations, to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business. It prepares students for further study and employment in a wide range of disciplines involving the use of mathematics.

Curriculum:

As a student of Maths you will develop your knowledge, reasoning and analytical skills and the ability to solve problems through a variety of different lessons. You will have success in all Maths lessons you attend and will have many lightbulb moments as you discover new ideas and understanding of those new ideas. You will develop a greater understanding of the use of Maths in the wider world and will understand how this may relate to you in your future career.

Progression

A Level Maths is an entry requirement for a range of BSc degrees including mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, accountancy and engineering. It is also considered a ‘facilitating subject’ for many other degrees.

Careers

Accountancy/finance; engineering; air traffic controller; architect and computer scientist.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 6 – 9 in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

Initial assessment during enrolment.

Opportunities for work related activities

‘Women in Engineering’, robotics, statistics and mechanics taster sessions. ‘Maths Inspiration’ at the Bristol Hippodrome.