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Mathematics/Further Maths AS/A Level Maths Board and Syllabus details Board: OCR About the subject The course requires Higher level GCSE as a starting point The central spine is the Core modules, which take the algebra and trigonometry studied at higher level GCSE on further and begin the study of a new topic - calculus. Algebra is particularly important and you should, by the end of the course, become as fluent with algebra as you would expect to be with arithmetic at the end of GCSE. The Mechanics modules cover analysing forces, accelerations, momentum and similar ideas to describe what happens in physical situations. The Statistics modules take on the work done at GCSE to cover ways of analysing and displaying numerical data, and of drawing conclusions from this. Probability theory becomes a key tool. Students will need to move on from performing calculations accurately towards having a clear understanding of what they are doing and being able to interpret the significance of the numerical answers. There is no coursework at AS/A level Learning Styles Lessons will combine explanation of the concepts and techniques covered with a chance for students to work individually and cooperatively to consolidate their understanding. Computers and graphical calculators will be used to enhance this process. Students need to take an active part in their learning, in monitoring their depth of understanding and in initiating steps to repair weaknesses. Students also need Communication skills to get the most out of the course. Subject combinations and progression The Mechanics option goes well with AS/A2 Physics, Design Technology etc. and would lead towards eventual careers in Engineering, Design, Physical Science etc. The Statistics option combines well with a lot of other courses with Statistics content - e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Biology, and leads toward any eventual career that includes the need to collate, summarise and interpret figures. Both are adequate preparations for study in the Maths area, but better is Further Maths, which covers both options and also takes the central core on further. Subject modules and assessment AS Core 1 1hr 30 mins exam Core 2 1hr 30 mins exam + either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1, both 1hr 30 mins exam A2 Core 3 1hr 30 mins exam coursework task 'Approximate Solution of Equations' Core 4 1hr 30 mins exam Either Mechanics 2 or Statistics 2, both 1hr 30 mins exam Further Maths covers all of the above modules plus Further Pure 1 1hr 30 mins exam Further Pure 2 1hr 30 mins exam And 2 from Decision Maths 1hr 30 mins exam Numerical Methods 1hr 30 mins exam + coursework task Further Pure 3 1hr 30 mins exam Differential Equations 1hr 30 mins exam + coursework task A student completing all 12 modules will get 2 A levels - the course occupies two option blocks in the timetable. 9 modules would achieve A Level Maths and AS Further Maths. Entry Requirements B in Maths preferred, Further Maths - A in Maths preferred. AS Maths students with C at GCSE would be better advised to take the Use of Maths AS first.

Mathematics/Further Maths AS/A Level Maths Board and Syllabus details Board: OCR About the subject The course requires Higher level GCSE as a starting point The central spine is the Core modules, which take the algebra and trigonometry studied at higher level GCSE on further and begin the study of a new topic - calculus. Algebra is particularly important and you should, by the end of the course,...

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