Mathematics

A level

**This course builds on the knowledge and skills that you acquired during your GCSE. It will increase your understanding of familiar ideas and introduce you to new concepts and techniques. You will apply mathematical ideas in the context of statistics and mechanics.**

You will use a variety of methods and techniques to help you develop and understand the concepts and techniques used.

During lessons you will:

- extend your ability to solve equations in more complex situations, learn more about drawing graphs and be introduced to calculus, which is the foundation stone of much advanced mathematics
- use computer software such as “Autograph” to investigate series, functions and graphs
- investigate practical problems in statistics and mechanics and write reports to explain what you have done
- work independently and in groups to tackle problems and then present the solution.

Mathematics is highly regarded and provides strong support to any application for employment or further study. The applied units in mechanics and/or statistics are necessary for many courses in science and engineering. The statistics mathematics studied at A level is very useful for many courses in the social sciences.

The study of pure mathematics develops logical thinking and a systematic approach to problem solving - attributes which are highly valued in the workplace.

You can find the prep work for this course at **prepwork.farnborough.ac.uk**.

**Q: I’ve heard that A level maths is hard. Is the step up from GCSE really big?****A:** The short answer is yes, but that is why mathematics is so rewarding and so well respected as a qualification. Even if you have been good at maths since primary school, it is not possible to be successful at A level without putting in the time and effort. Homework cannot be quickly polished off in half an hour on a Sunday afternoon, it takes time - around 4½ hours each week outside the classroom. Once you have established a system with a good routine of doing some mathematics every day, you can make the step up.

Edexcel

- You should have at least a grade 7 in GCSE maths.

- Develop abilities to reason logically
- An awareness of the relevance of the mathematics
- An understanding of basic maths principles
- Thinking logically

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