COURSE LEADER: Miss J Dobson
Mathematics is an essential subject enabling us to solve many important and intriguing problems. A high-quality Mathematics education can support students in further study in many disciplines, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Economics. However, Mathematics is also a fascinating and varied subject in its own right.
Mathematics is a popular A Level subject at BHFS and a few of the students choose to study A Level Further Mathematics in addition to A Level Mathematics. We follow the Edexcel A Level Mathematics (2017) syllabus for Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
Mathematics students cover a combination of Pure and Applied content all assessed at the end of year 13. Applied Consists of both Statistics and Mechanics and students cover elements of all 3 areas in both year 12 and year 13.
Further Mathematics students cover Core Pure 1 and Decision 1 during year 12 and move onto Core pure 2 and either Further Mechanics 1 or Further Statistics 1 in year 13.
Mathematics opens up a world of possibilities and expands your choices as you look to the future. No matter how the world changes, mathematics will always be at the heart of life. A level Maths will enable you to understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study.
Employment prospects are excellent because employers value students who are good at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems you develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proof and justification of results help you to formulate reasoned arguments. You will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data.
The A level course is split into Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Within Pure Maths, you will look at proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, calculus and vectors. You will also study both Statistics and Mechanics as a part of the applied mathematics element. Within this you will learn statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing. Units in mechanics cover kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, moments and projectiles.
Mathematics: Grade 6 minimum in GCSE Maths
Further Mathematics: Grade 7 minimum in GCSE Maths and be studying A Level Maths.
A Level Maths is one of the Russell Groups ‘facilitating subjects’ opening pathways into a huge range of university degrees. Maths has a high academic reputation in all areas of employment and course. Subjects such as psychology, sociology, geography and biology all benefit from a knowledge of statistics beyond GCSE. Furthermore, studying maths develops many transferrable skills linking to statistics, technology, software engineering, network security, games design, engineering, architecture, finance, starting your own business, actuary, accountancy, medicine, and many more.