Mathematics

Overview

In the Sixth Form we offer courses in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics. The majority of students in the Sixth Form opt to study A level Mathematics, with a healthy number also choosing to follow the Further Mathematics 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, in 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.
  • Those with A level Maths earn on average around 10% more than those without.

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/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts.
  • The additional time spent studying mathematics boosts marks in single A level Mathematics.
  • Supports the transition from Sixth Form to University courses which are mathematically rich, as the first year course content will be familiar.
  • Essential if you are planning to study Mathematics at University, and often for courses such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics.
  • It enables students to distinguish themselves as able mathematicians in their applications for university and future employment. Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies.
  • Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics.

University Destinations

Recent students studying A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics 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 Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Students in the Lower Sixth in September 2018 will have ten periods of Mathematics a week, taught by two teachers. Those opting to study Further Mathematics will have an additional ten periods of lessons, and a further two teachers.

We provide students with the Pearson A level Mathematics textbooks to support the delivery of the scheme, along with CGP revision resources to support examination preparation. In addition, students will be required to buy the Casio CLASSWIZ fx-991EX calculator (available to purchase from school).

A level in Mathematics 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

With the new GCE Specification starting in September 2017 – students studying AS or A-level Mathematics 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 Mathematics has two components:

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

Trips, activities and clubs

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

  • Daily Maths clinic every lunchtime for students to get help with any areas of difficulty
  • Participation in UKMT Senior Mathematics 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. There are also talks from visiting speakers and members of the department.
  • Support – we run additional intervention sessions for students who are finding aspects of the course challenging, and to support examination preparation.
  • Extension – we run a weekly extension class open to all Sixth Form students, particularly to support with preparation for STEP, MAT, and TMUA examinations and university interview.
  • Visits to university talks and lectures.

Staff

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