At Beverley Joint Sixth Form we offer Mathematics as a 2 year, A level qualification. The content of A Level Mathematics is the same across all examination boards. The course consists of 66% pure mathematics, 17% mechanics and 17% statistics. The structure of how this is assessed, however, does vary across different specifications. We will be studying the AQA (7357) specification. It is a linear qualification, meaning that students will sit all of their exams at the end of the course.
This content will be taught across both BGS and BHS, with 5 hours of in-class study. Students will be set approximately 1 hour of work from every lesson to be completed in their non-contact time. They will also have access to support sessions at both schools.
Pure Mathematics: Broadly speaking, pure mathematics is mathematics that studies entirely abstract concepts. It is the methods and techniques which underpin the study of all other areas of mathematics. These include proof, algebra, coordinate geometry, calculus, trigonometry, etc.
Although it is possible to study abstract entities with respect to their intrinsic nature, and not be concerned with how they manifest in the real world, in practice there is much overlap in the activity of pure and applied mathematicians (mechanics and statistics).
Mechanics: Mechanics is an area of science and mathematics concerned with the behaviour of physical bodies when subjected to forces or displacements, and the subsequent effects of the bodies on their environment. In A level Mathematics, we study the theoretical side of mechanics. We apply mathematical concepts and models to situations to predict outcomes.
Studying mechanics will help embed topics that will be studied in A level Physics.
Statistics: Statistics is the study of the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organisation of data. Statistics at A Level Mathematics includes interpreting diagrams, calculating probabilities, modelling distributions and testing hypotheses. All of which are applied to real world situations.
Studying statistics will help embed topics that will be studied in A level Psychology, A level Biology and A level Geography.
Why take maths further?
It all comes down to what maths is. Just as languages provide the building blocks and rules we need to communicate, maths uses its own language, made up of numbers, symbols and formulas, to explore the rules we need to measure or identify essential problems like distance, speed, time, space, change, force and quantities. Maths helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, maths helps us put a price on things, create graphics, build websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work or predict how they might change over time and under different conditions. In this sense, maths can help predict the future. But it doesn’t stop there; as a subject, maths is also continually growing and changing, as mathematicians & scientists expand on what they already know to discover new theories and inventions.
What skills will I get if I study maths?
Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem-solving skills. Not only will studying maths give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.
A wide range of subjects in both science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM fields are underpinned by mathematics. Having a broad mathematical knowledge and secure technical ability will help the transition from sixth form to higher education. Together with good mathematical skills, employers are looking for the ability to work in a team, communicate effectively and show initiative.
Maths A level is listed as essential for studying degrees such as: Actuarial Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economics, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering (General), Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Optometry, Physics.
Mathematics is useful, or sometimes required for: Accountancy, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dentistry, Dietetics, Environmental Science, Geography, Management, Nursing and Midwifery, Orthoptics, Philosophy, Physiotherapy, Planning, Psychology, Sports Science/Physical Education, Veterinary Science.