# Mathematics

Introduction to A Level, Further & Level 3 Certificate

All students following AS Mathematics courses will be required to have a graphical calculator (cost approximately £90 - can be ordered through school).

**Mathematics A Level**

Please look at this link for details of the Mathematics course on the UCAS Progress.com website

### Future opportunities

A level Mathematics is of benefit to those intending to embark on a scientific or engineering career and provides support to those students wishing to study business, accounting, architecture or humanities. Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science and technology. Maths qualifications can help you towards a future career in these areas. It is also a useful support for many University courses, which increasingly can involve statistics modules.

### Entry Requirements

Grade 7 at GCSE and 60%+ on the entrance test

**Mathematics Level 3 Certificate**

The Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies is for those who wish to continue Mathematics beyond GCSE but for various reasons are not taking A Level Mathematics. The course and exam have a practical basis, focusing on real world situations, such as personal finance (student loans, credit cards, tax, budgeting), critical analysis of media statistics and headlines, justification of calculations, useful estimation.

It supports a wide variety of subjects and is highly valued by University Admissions.

### Future Opportunities

At University, there is a high drop-out rate within the Humanities subjects (e.g. Geography, Psychology) among students who struggle with the mathematical content. A qualification in Maths beyond GCSE demonstrates to Universities and employers that you Maths skills are still stong and that you can handle the mathematical content of your course.

### Entry Requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE Maths

**Further Mathematics A Level**

All students study Further Pure Mathematics topics such as imaginary numbers, use of matrices, polar coordinates and differential equations extending their knowledge from the A level Mathematics content. There is no doubt that Further Maths is more challenging than Maths A Level.

Other subjects that may be studied are a continuation of Mechanics and Statistics from the A Level Mathematics course or Decision Maths. This means that students have an increased breadth of experience of Pure and Applied Maths compared to those students taking just Maths.

Further Maths is a completely separate qualification but is reliant on the thorough understanding of A Level Maths.

### Future opportunities

Further Mathematics A level is a prestigious qualification and is very valuable for students considering a mathematics or related degree, such as engineering or architecture. Career prospects in science and engineering or Computer Science would be greatly enhanced by a qualification in Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics is particular sought after in applicants for related subjects to Oxbridge.

### Entry requirements

Grade 8 in Maths GCSE and 80%+ in the entrance test.

Further Maths should be taken as a fourth subject where Mathematics has already been chosen as an A Level.

#### Mathematics A Level Course Content & Assessment

### Course Content

Maths is a popular choice at Tring School, with 3 or 4 classes in each year. Every student studies 2 modules of Core Mathematics and 1 module of Mechanics or Statistics each year.

Core Mathematics is a compulsory component includes the subject core for Mathematics at A Level and as such makes up the majority of an A Level in Mathematics. It continues the study of algebra, number work and trigonometry and makes up two-thirds of the work each year.

Core Mathematics: This component makes up the majority of an A-Level in Mathematics. It covers the study of algebra, number and trigonometry and makes up two-thirds of the work each year.

Mechanics: In this course mathematics is used to describe and explain real-world situations. It includes the action of forces on physical structures and moving bodies. Very useful for future Physicists, Engineers, Architects and others, it complements some of the topics covered in A-Level Physics.

Statistics: This is concerned with data handling and is applicable to a wider range of subjects. The presentation, collection and interpretation of data are studied, together with further applications of the ideas of probability to predict and explain results.

### Assessment

There is no coursework - all assessment is by written examination at the end of the two year course.

#### Mathematics Level 3 Certificate Course Content & Assessment

There is no coursework - all assessment is by written examination at the end of the two year course.

#### Futher Mathematics Course Content & Assessment

There is no coursework - all assessment is by written examination at the end of the two year course.

#### ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Students in our highest groups are entered into the United Kingdom Maths Trust (UKMT) Maths Challenge, which is a fantastic opportunity for students to practise their problem solving skills. We have recently had students perform far beyond the national average in these challenges, and these students have qualified for the prestigious further rounds of the competition.

We run a very popular board game club on Friday lunch times, where students can play a range of board and logic games with other students.

At A Level we share with students a range of opportunities for university visits and taster courses for Maths based subjects.

#### Mathematics Department

Subject Leader | Mr G Woodwards |

Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator | Mrs R Hobson |

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator | Mr E Otoo |

Mr E Ano | |

Mrs D Antoine | |

Mr T Fox | |

Mrs D Lea | |

Mrs J Mitchell | |

Mrs C Rance | |

Miss A Saunders | |

Mr L Tagliani |