Mathematics

Overview

In the Sixth Form we offer courses in both Maths and Further Maths. The majority of students in the Sixth Form opt to study A level Maths, with a healthy number also choosing to follow the Further Maths course. Recognisable topics such as algebra and trigonometry are studied in some depth at A level, along with new areas, such as calculus and logarithms. A range of applications of mathematics to problems in mechanics, statistics and in decision-making also form a substantial part of the course.

Why choose A level Mathematics?

  • A highly respected A level choice.
  • Recognised by employers and university admission tutors as an excellent qualification.
  • Supports the development of a range of transferable and essential skills.
  • Required for the study of Maths, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, or Accountancy at University.
  • Desirable for the study of other disciplines, including Economics, Geography, Psychology, Biology, Medicine, and Sports Science.

Why choose A level Further Mathematics?

  • An enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience, extending and deepening your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A level Mathematics.
  • Provides a substantial challenge and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts.
  • Supports the transition from Sixth Form to University courses which are mathematically rich.
  • Essential if you are planning to study Mathematics at University, and often for courses such as Engineering, Sciences, Computer Science, and Economics.
  • It enables students to distinguish themselves as able mathematicians in their applications for university and future employment. Students who take Further Maths are demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies.

University Destinations

Recent students studying A level Maths or Further Maths have successfully secured places on the following degree courses:

Mathematics: Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Warwick, Imperial

Other Degree courses: Medicine (Oxford), Natural Sciences (Durham), Engineering (Oxford/Cambridge), Physics (Durham, Oxford), Electrical Engineering (Imperial), Economics (Cambridge), Civil Engineering (Warwick), Chemistry (Imperial), Mechanical Engineering (Warwick).

Curriculum

From September 2017 we have followed the Edexcel Linear qualification in both Maths and Further Maths.

Students in the Lower Sixth will have ten periods of Maths a week, taught by two teachers. Those opting to study Further Maths will have an additional six periods of lessons and a third teacher.

We provide students with Edexcel endorsed A level Maths textbooks to support the delivery of the scheme, along with revision resources to support examination preparation.

Students will be required to buy the Casio CLASSWIZ fx-991EX calculator (available to purchase from school).

A level Maths has two components:

CoreApplied
Algebraic ProcessingMechanics – involves the study of forces and motion
Graphs and FunctionsStatistics – is the analysis of data and the application of probability
Trigonometry
Calculus
Numerical Methods
Sequences and Series
Vectors
Powers and Logarithms

Students will cover both areas of the Applied Curriculum – resulting in a broad understanding of mathematics, which will be applicable to a wide range of complementary subjects and university options.

The course is assessed through three examinations at the end of the Upper Sixth:

A level in Further Maths has two components:

Core PureApplied
Extended Algebraic ProcessingMechanics – involves the study of forces and motion
Graphs and FunctionsStatistics – is the analysis of data, the application of probability, assessing the reliability of statistical models
TrigonometryDecision Mathematics looks at algorithmic procedures to solve practical problems
Advanced Calculus
Numerical Methods
Linear Algebra
Hyperbolic Functions
Matrices

Within the A Level Further Maths course, 50% of the content is compulsory. The remaining 50% can be selected from a range of Applied options. This will complement the A Level Maths course and give students the opportunity to study further concepts in Mechanics and Statistics or follow a new course in Decision Maths. The course is assessed through four examinations at the end of the Upper Sixth. Additionally, the majority of the students that study Further Maths will take the A level Maths examinations at the end of the Lower Sixth; for the remaining candidates, the assessment of this will take place in the Upper Sixth alongside the Further Maths examination.

Trips, activities and clubs

In addition to our teaching there are a range of opportunities to support the development of mathematical knowledge including:

  • Maths clinic at lunchtime, for students to get help with any areas of difficulty
  • Participation in UKMT Senior Maths Challenge (all A level Mathematicians)
  • Opportunity to enter the Maths Olympiad for Girls
  • Participation in UKMT Kangaroo and Olympiad papers (qualifying pupils only)
  • Involvement in the Hans Woyda Competition (selected pupils)
  • Senior Maths Society – a weekly, student-led society to share mathematical knowledge and take part in problem-solving activities.
  • Support – we run additional intervention sessions for students who are finding aspects of the course challenging, and to support examination preparation.

Staff

  • Mr T Brook BSc (Head of Mathematics)
  • Mr J Baldwin BSc (Master in charge of Cricket, Head of Livingstone and Assistant Head of Maths – Middle School)
  • Mrs R Bevington
  • Mrs N Bilsby BSc MA (Head of Wellbeing)
  • Mr V Broncz BSc
  • Dr Cianciaruso PHD
  • Mr J Crowley BEng
  • Ms R Gordon BSc (Assistant Head – Teaching and Learning)
  • Mr G Hammond MEng PGCE
  • Mr A Hon MA(Cantab) (Deputy Head of Sixth Form)
  • Miss A Tsyba
  • Mr L Watts BSc (Assistant Head – Head of Middle School)
  • Mrs S Wood BSc (part-time