The A-level in Mathematics is designed for those who want to explore this vast subject which links the ideas of geometry, number and algebra in the most profound way. The course suits students who enjoy using logical thought, with the occasional bit of lateral thinking, to crack apparently tricky problems. Those who succeed on the Mathematics course are very confident users of algebra, who are able to use it both to work out the solution to a problem and to show the methods they have used to find this solution. During the course, ideas met at GCSE are developed considerably, and new areas of mathematics such as calculus are introduced.
The course content falls into three broad areas:
- Pure Mathematics (algebra, graphs, trigonometric functions and calculus).
- Mechanics (the study of forces and dynamics of simple systems).
- Statistics (including basic probablity theory and hypothesis testing).
Assessment is by three written examinations at the end of two years.
The course is exciting and interesting and has helped me with my other A Levels, such as Chemistry, where Maths is a great help.