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MATHEMATICS AS Level (Year One) Level 3 course One year (AS) or two years (A level) Progression higher education and employment Exam board AQA 5 periods a week This course is offered within the Maths, ITC and Science Division Course outline Mathematics is a means of communication, a tool of analysis and a problem-solving resource every bit as important as language in a technological world. An understanding of mathematics leads to a better understanding of the world around you. It follows that the need for those with mathematical skills are great and a Mathematics A level will support any career choice you make. The course consists of three modules: Core 1 The first of the two Pure Maths modules. Topics include Surds, Geometry of Circles, and Polynomials. You will investigate quadratic curves and equations, discover why tangents are not normal, and be introduced to the most powerful mathematical tool ever Calculus! Core 2 Topics for the second of the Pure Maths modules include Trigonometry, Sequences and Series, and Logarithms. Calculate the size of the arc, take a look at a reflection, and be definite about integrals. Statistics 1 Topics include Numerical Measures, Probability, Distributions, and Confidence. You will collect data to find out if big heads are tall, find out how likely you are to win the lottery, and discover what really is normal! Teaching styles A variety of teaching styles are used, including ICT, practical activities and resources produced by the governments Department of Education and Skills, which were partly developed and trialled at Regent College. There is, however, no substitute for practice and you will need to put in approximately 5 hours per week in your own time in order to succeed at this level. Assessment Assessment of each module is by examination set by the AQA Examining Board. Core 1 is examined in January, and Core 2 and Statistics 1 are both examined in June. There is no coursework involved in AS Maths. Key features You will receive support throughout the course in order to help you succeed. The Maths Department has an Open Door policy for you to come along and get solutions to tricky questions, or just a bit of mathematical guidance. There are regular workshops and even an e-mail question and answer service. Help is never far away! Subject combinations Mathematics goes well with many other subjects, including Accounting, ICT, Business, Statistics, and Psychology. Resources You will be expected to use a graphical calculator. This piece of equipment is particularly vital for the study of statistics. You will be loaned a graphical calculator for the year, along with a set of exam-specific text books. Progression AS level is the first step to gaining a full A-level in Mathematics. Maths is a subject that is particularly valued by employers and university admissions tutors. Students with a qualification in Mathematics are considered to have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, be logical thinkers and well organised. So gaining an AS or A level in Maths will strengthen your application for employment or higher education. A recent study calculated that, while graduates generally can expect to earn 150,000 more over a lifetime than non-graduates, the figure for students with maths and science degrees was 222,000. In a world that relies so much on technology, people who possess a high level of Mathematical knowledge and competence are highly valued. An A level in Mathematics is very highly regarded by Higher Education and employers alike. Some of the areas of employment with a significant mathematical content include: Accounting; Actuarial work; Architecture; Computer Science; Economics; Electronic Data Processing; Engineering (all disciplines); I.T.; Medicine; Operational Research; Sciences; Statistics; Teaching. MATHEMATICS A2 Level (Year Two) Course outline In this course your skills are developed from your AS studies. Calculus will include the study of differential equations: how do

MATHEMATICS AS Level (Year One) Level 3 course One year (AS) or two years (A level) Progression higher education and employment Exam board AQA 5 periods a week This course is offered within the Maths, ITC and Science Division Course outline Mathematics is a means of communication, a tool of analysis and a problem-solving resource every bit as important as language in a technological world. An...

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