Bolton School Sixth Form Boys
What will I study?
Six or seven modules are taken in Year 12: four Pure Mathematics modules (C1, C2, C3, C4), a Statistics module (S1) two Mechanics modules (M1, M2).
Pure Mathematics consists of Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Coordinate Geometry, Vectors and Numerical Analysis. Algebra, Vectors and Numerical Analysis are a continuation of GCSE work to a higher standard.
Mechanicsis the study of the effect of forces on objects and the way in which objects move. It involves the technique of mathematical modelling: that is of considering a complicated physical problem and changing it into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved.
Statistics consists of analysing and summarising numerical data in order to test hypotheses. Probability is also studied to a more advanced level than GCSE using the new mathematical techniques studied on the Pure Mathematics course.
Six or seven modules are taken at A2 Level: three Pure Mathematics modules (FP1, FP2, FP3) and three/four Application modules.
Internal assessment is by regular homework and common tests.
How will I be assessed?
The AS examination board is currently Edexcel. C1, C2 and M1 are taken in January whilst C3, C4, M2 and possibly S1 are taken at the end of the year.
At A2, FP1, M3, S2 and possibly D1 are taken in January. FP2, FP3, M4 are taken in June.
Further Mathematics is an A level in its own right, but must be taken in conjunction with the single Mathematics course. Students choosing this double subject will complete the six modules of the single Mathematics in the lower sixth and then take six further modules in the Upper Sixth. Further Mathematics is extremely demanding and is only suitable for able and dedicated Mathematicians. It is vital that students consult with their Mathematics teacher before considering this course as a choice.
Where will it lead?
Mathematics is a very valuable support subject to many courses at advanced level and degree level, especially in the sciences. It is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full time courses in Higher Education. These include Engineering, Pure Science, Economics, Medicine, Architecture and Computing.
Mathematics graduates are in demand and find employment in a variety of careers. These include Research, Actuarial Studies, Accountancy, Marketing, Operational Research, Computing and Teaching.