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OVERVIEW

Both A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics are a real strength of Liskeard Sixth Form. The subjects continue to grow in popularity and we have recently added Core Maths as an AS Level equivalent qualification for students who wish to continue studying mathematics, but do not wish to take a full A Level. Our experienced team of teachers will build on your success at GCSE Mathematics to develop and deepen your understanding of mathematics to a much higher level, allowing you to enjoy and appreciate the wonders of the subject.

Mathematics is a challenging course that will encourage you to develop your mathematical skills, improve your ability to think logically and enable you to determine solutions to a wide range of problems. Mathematics A Level is highly regarded, both by universities and employers. It naturally compliments science based subjects and offers a balance to arts based students.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For Mathematics A Level you will need at least a Grade 6. For Further Mathematics A Level you will need at least a Grade 7, as well as studying A Level Mathematics. For Level 3 Mathematical Studies you will need at least a Grade 5.

COURSE DETAILS

Exam board – AQA

Mathematics: AS Level 7356, A Level 7357

The new mathematics A Level is divided into two areas, pure and applied. Pure mathematics is approximately two thirds of the A Level and is the study of relationships between abstract entities according to certain rules. You will further develop your algebra and trigonometry skills studied at GCSE, and discover new topic areas such as calculus. Applied mathematics makes up the remaining third of the A Level and is divided into two areas, statistics and mechanics. It is with these applied areas that the skills developed in pure mathematics can be used to solve physical problems and study large data sets. All elements are examined at the end of the course.

Exam structure

AS Level:

2 exams (80 marks each), 90 mins.

Paper 1 – pure and mechanics

Paper 2 – pure and statistics

A Level:

3 exams (100 marks each), two hours.

Paper 1 – pure topics

Paper 2 – pure and mechanics

Paper 3 – pure and statistics

Further Mathematics: AS Level 7366, A Level 7367

Further Mathematics broadens and extends the work undertaken in A Level Mathematics. New abstract concepts are introduced such as infinity, imaginary numbers and proof, whilst more applied concepts such as vectors, matrices, first and second order differential equations are also covered. It is this variety that makes Further Mathematics such a valuable A Level for those looking to study Mathematics, Physics, Economics and Engineering at university.

Exam structure

AS Level:

2 exams (80 marks each), 90 minutes.

Paper 1 – pure topics, Paper 2 – mechanics and statistics

A Level: 3 exams (100 marks each), two hours.

Paper 1 – pure topics Paper 2 – pure topics Paper 3 – mechanics and statistics

Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core maths) 1350

Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) is for those who wish to continue studying Mathematics, but with less focus on algebra and more focus on solving reallife problems. This is a one year course and is especially useful for those studying Geography, Business, Psychology or science based subjects. The main content is analysis of data, financial mathematics, estimation, using spreadsheets and statistical techniques. You will sit two exams, each one is out of 60 marks and is 1 hour 30 mins in length.

Paper 1 – analysis of data, personal finance and estimation

Paper 2 – statistical techniques

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREERS

Our students have gone on to study mathematics at some of the best universities in the country including Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds and Cardiff. Maths is incredibly versatile and is one of the biggest facilitating subjects. It is essential for many higher education courses and careers.

Jobs directly related to a maths degree include:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Actuary
  • Chartered accountant
  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Research scientist (maths)
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Statistician
  • Systems developer

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Civil Service fast streamer
  • Financial manager
  • Financial trader
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Meteorologist
  • Operational researcher
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Software tester

RESULTS

Mathematics A2 Grades A* - C:

 2014 – 92%

 2015 – 85%

 2016 – 89%

 2017 – 100%

 2018 – 100%

Since the introduction of the A* award in 2010, we have always had students who have achieved this highest grade:

 2014 – 6

 2015 – 6

 2016 – 4

 2017 – 5

 2018 – 1

Further Mathematics A2 grades A* - C:

 2014 – 100%

 2015 – 100%

 2016 – 50%

 2017 – 86%

 2018 – 75%

FURTHER ADVICE AND INFORMATION

Mrs Hubartt – Head of Department

Mr Laycock – Second in Department

 

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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