Mathematics is a popular course in the Sixth Form with over 60% of the students choosing to study A Level
Students that wish to study Mathematics in Year 12 will require a Grade 7 or higher at their GCSE 9-1 Mathematics. When students first arrive, we will get them to sit a short, algebra based test which will highlight to us their suitability for the course. If the score is below a certain level, we will offer extra lunchtime intervention for students to help them hit the ground running with the A Level Maths course.
To prepare for the A Level Maths course, we recommend that all students complete a set of transition worksheets towards the end of their summer holiday. These can be found in the Y11-Y12 Transition Work for Mathematics.
From September 2017, A level Mathematics became a linear course with all exams taken at the end of Year 13.
We have selected the Edexcel exam board whose specification can be found at the bottom of this page.
We typically have around 100 students studying A level Mathematics in 6 sets. The department has a strong track record of success at ‘A’ level with over 70% achieving a Grade B or above in Summer 2022 with half of those achieving the top A* Grade.
The content of the 2017 linear A level mathematics is fully prescribed with no optional content. Pupils will be taught by 2 specialist mathematics teachers with two one hour lessons from each teacher per week. One teacher will teach half of the Pure content along with the Mechanics, and the other will teach Statistics along with the remaining Pure.
Students have the opportunity to take part in the Maths Challenges organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, UKMT.
The Senior Challenge is in November and up to 40 sixth form students can choose to take part.
We hope to again take a team of 4 students to the Senior Team Challenge (for Years 12/13). In a previous year our team made it through to compete in the National Finals in London.
Further information about all of these and sample questions can be found on the UKMT websiteTweets by BWordsworths