WHY STUDY MATHEMATICS?
“Why would you read a poem or a novel? If you are good at Maths and have enjoyed it in the past but don’t have to do it as a means to an end, it will enrich your soul. There are things in life that enrich us, that nourish us, and Maths is one of those things. It touches different parts of your mental process than reading poetry does. Poetry will touch your emotions, whereas Maths will encourage you to examine the assumptions, the pre-conceptions that you place upon a situation, and you will sometimes reach new conclusions which you never unexpected. Studying Maths is encouraging that thinking process far beyond adding numbers, it is beneficial to anyone, regardless of whether you choose to become an engineer or work in any industry” Norman Revie Head of Mathematics
“If u ask the Year 13 who have taken Maths A levels for the past 2 years, they would all say that they have enjoyed the subject beyond it being just a means to an end, it’s been a process of discovery which many of them did not expect”.
ABOUT THE COURSE
“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe.” Galileo’s famous statement regarding the sometimes mystical but deeply profound connection between mathematics and the universe around us continues to resonate in the modern era. Mathematics is at once a language of pure rationality and (sometimes) imagination, as well as being the building blocks from which the sciences, physical and social, and engineering and so many other disciplines are built. This course is designed to provide breadth across a range of subject areas, as well as depth of focus in key ones. It also offers the opportunity to demonstrate that you can apply your Mathematical knowledge in practical ‘real-life’ modelling situations.
As well as building on knowledge gained at GCSE level in the areas of quadratic equations, sketching curves, coordinate geometry and trigonometry, the pure modules (C1-4) introduce a range of new content, including Calculus, natural logarithms and exponential functions, and finite and infinite sequences and series. In Mechanics 1, you will hone your mathematical modelling skills, are introduced to motion in 1-, 2-, and 3-dimensions, and will learn how to apply Newton’s three laws of motion to bodies and projectiles. Your final module over the two years will be either Statistics 1, building on what you have learnt at GCSE level, or Mechanics 2, which builds on the knowledge covered in Mechanics 1.
EXAMINATION BOARD OCR (MEI) 3895/7895
Unit 1 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics (C1)
Unit 2 Concepts for Advanced Mathematics (C2)
Unit 3 Mechanics 1 (M1)
Unit 4 Methods for Advanced Mathematics (C3)
Unit 5 Applications of Advanced Mathematics (C4)
Unit 6 Mechanics 2 (M2) or Statistics 1 (S1)