The new A level mathematics course builds from GCSE level mathematics and introduces 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. All students will now be assessed on their knowledge of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.
COURSE CONTENT: OCR Mathematics A
Pure Mathematics (2 hours written exam)
Students will build on skills from GCSE including work on surds, indices, quadratic equations, algebraic inequalities and graphical interpretation. In addition to this differentiation and integration are first introduced.
Pure Mathematics and Statistics (2 hours written exam)
The Pure Mathematics will continue to be developed. We start to focus on more complex differentiation/integration, trigonometry, sequences, functions and binomial expansion. Alongside this, Unit 2 has a large focus on using statistical skills to explore data as well as learning about probability distributions (normal, binomial and discrete distributions). The language of hypothesis testing is also introduced to give students a fascinating insight into how statistics can help reach informed conclusions/decisions.
Pure Mathematics and Mechanics (2 hours written exam)
Alongside further development of the Pure Mathematics, we now begin learning about Mechanics. Mechanics looks at the application of Mathematics to important physical situations such as the effect of gravity on the motion of an object. This module covers the equations of motion for systems involving constant acceleration. It also covers applying Newton’s laws in basic situations.
An advanced level course in Mathematics is good preparation for anyone considering a degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Accountancy, Medicine and many more. Mathematics is also a very stimulating subject to study in its own right, opening the door to many careers after completing Higher Education. It is a useful qualification for entry into career areas such as air traffic control, banking, insurance, science of all types and the armed forces.
GCSE GRADE PROFILE
Students who study this subject will ideally achieve a Grade 7 in their GCSE mathematics, although we are happy to accept Grade 6 students who complete a GCSE/A-Level transition package over the summer holidays.