Awarding Body:OCRCourse Duration:1/2 Years
5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including English and Grade A or A* in GCSE Mathematics.
A certain level of algebraic skill is required. You will be given an extensive task to complete after Taster Day in order to practise these skills before you begin your course.
This is the course that naturally follows on from GCSE and it relies heavily upon the A & A* algebra content of the GCSE. Two of three modules are essentially graphs and algebra, and one module is statistics. The course includes a systematic study of graphs, extending our ideas of trigonometry, introduces logarithmic functions and the vital theory of calculus. All of these require good algebraic and problem solving skills, which are developed throughout each topic.
Lessons will be varied, comprising investigations, class discussions, checking progress with mini-white boards and the practice that makes perfect. The graphic calculator offers tools for deeptning our understanding, checking our working and saving us time. You will have opportunities to develop your calculator skills in lessons. Your teacher will show you how to make effective use of the department intranet. The subject content will be assessed regularly by means of tests and assignments.
There is a well-resourced workshop, available every lunchtime for students, to gain additional support. Teachers and upper sixth students present at each session to offer you help.
There is no coursework for these AS courses. In the A2 Maths course there is one piece of coursework in the Core 3 module (completed in June/July of first year).
You will need to purchase your own textbooks, stationery and a graphical calculator. The College sells the Casio fx9750 model for about £50.
The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.
A pass in A level Mathematics provides a sound basis for many degree courses but is essential for those studying courses with a high level of mathematical content, e.g. Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering and Economics.