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Mathematics

Head of Department: Mr Adam Creen

Director of Mathematics: Mr Ben McCann

Maths can complement study in many different subjects at A Level or University level. The Statistics option will develop useful skills for those doing Humanities subjects or Biology, while Mechanics has strong links with Physics A Level. A qualification in Mathematics is regarded very highly by all universities whatever course is applied for, and doing Further Maths will often lead to a lower UCAS offer.

Mathematics A Level

Both as a subject in its own right and in combination with other subjects, Mathematics is a cornerstone of learning for the majority of A Level students. It is rightly seen as a rigorous and useful course that demands clear thinking and presentation.

This is a challenging course: students must be confident in GCSE algebra and shape topics, and complete preparation work during the summer before starting Year 12, as well as pass a competency test in September.

In Year 12, everyone studies

  • Core Mathematics 1 (C1): algebra, geometry, sequences
  • Core Mathematics 2 (C2): functions and graphs, calculus

with either:

  • Mechanics 1 (M1): motion, forces, moments and vectors; or
  • Statistics 1 (S1): probability, handling data, correlation, random variables

These topics are developed in further depth in the second year of the course. We follow the Edexcel specification. Assessment is by final examinations in each module.

Extra-curricular opportunities include Team Challenges run nationally and locally, and a Lecture Day in London.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

Further Mathematics A Level

This is an extremely challenging course: students will have an A or A* at GCSE and a real commitment to mathematics (which will fill half their timetable). They will take all of the core and applied units of the standard A Level (covering both Mechanics and Statistics), and additional units as follows:

  • Further Pure Mathematics 1 (FP1): algebra, geometry
  • Decision Mathematics 1 (D1): optimisation, iterative methods

These topics are developed in further depth in the second year of the course. Students will be expected to be able to work independently on the hardest questions. A full pair of A Levels in Mathematics/Further Mathematics comprises 12 modules:

C1 C2 C3 C4 M1 M2 S1 S2 FP1 FP2 FP3 D1

We follow the Edexcel specification. Assessment is by final examinations in each module.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

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