Mathematics – Mechanics
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This course is particularly suited for students studying AS/A Level Physics and Technology. The Mechanics units (MI and M2) in particular, complement these subjects.
You will study both Pure Maths (which includes algebra, calculus, trigonometry and geometry) and Applied Maths modules. Pure Maths (the “Core” modules) gives you the tools needed for solving problems while the Applied Maths allows you to use these in real world contexts. What you learn in Maths can be used in many other subjects. Mechanics 1 and 2 are a very useful support in Physics.
We offer four syllabuses:
All options require some coursework in addition to examinations in each module.
Mathematics and Further Mathematics
In the two years you will complete two modular A levels. In the first year you study A level Mathematics and in the second year you study A level Further Mathematics. In each year you do both Core (Pure) and Applied modules. The Applied modules include Mechanics and Statistics. This option is suitable for students who enjoy and do well at Maths. It provides a very strong basis for applying for University courses in Maths and any subject which uses Maths such as Physics, Engineering, Economics and many others. Minimum grade required at GCSE Maths: A.
Pure and Mechanics
In the first year you study AS Mathematics with two modules in Core (Pure) Maths and one in Mechanics. In the second year you study A level Mathematics with two more modules in Core (Pure) and a choice of Mechanics or Statistics. This option is suitable for students who are also taking Physics. Minimum grade required at GCSE Maths: B.
Pure and Statistics
In the first year you study AS Mathematics with two modules in Core (Pure) Maths and one in Statistics. In the second year you study A level Mathematics with two more modules in Core (Pure) and one in Statistics. Statistics is very useful for many subjects including Biology, Psychology, Geography and other Social Sciences. This option is recommended for students who are not taking Physics. Minimum grade required at GCSE Maths: B.
Use of Mathematics
In the first year you will study three modules: Algebra, Data Analysis and a choice from Dynamics, Hypothesis Testing and Mathematical Principles for Personal Finance. All except the Algebra module are Free Standing Maths Units and may be certificated individually. The first two modules are relevant to all students. The Dynamics module is highly relevant to physics and engineering students. The Hypothesis Testing is highly relevant to the needs of biology, geography and psychology students. The Personal Finance module is highly relevant to business studies, economics and finance students. All three modules are assessed by final examinations taken in the summer. In the second year all students will study three modules: Calculus, Mathematical Applications and Mathematical Comprehension. The Calculus module is a Free Standing Maths Unit and may be certificated individually. The Mathematical Applications module requires the production of a portfolio of two pieces based on work from two of the other units studied in the course. The other two modules are assessed by final examinations taken in the summer.
Course Structure & Teaching Methods
In addition to topics being explained and examples worked through on the board, you will be expected to participate fully in class by contributing ideas, working in small groups on worksheets or working through questions. There will be a variety of learning styles including use of graphic calculators and computer software. You will be expected to do a significant amount of work outside class including being set regular homework.
Maths workshops are available for students to use on a drop-in basis to sort out any problems you have.
AS level Mathematics comprises of 3 modules (C1, C2 and M1), which will be examined at the end of your first year.
A level Mathematics comprises of 6 modules: these include the 3 AS modules taken at the end of the first year, with two further Pure Modules C3 and C4 and an Applied Module (either M2 or S1)in the second year.
All modules contain an exam. A second year module contains a piece of assessed coursework.
Information & Support
Students are required to pay for textbooks and resources, which include revision material and past papers. The total cost for the AS course is about £40.
At the end of the first year students take AS level Maths and on successful completion can then decide to continue on to A2 Maths to gain the full A level.