A-Level Mathematics is a very enjoyable and demanding subject which requires disciplined study to master. It is vital that students enter year 12 with a fluent understanding of algebra and are prepared to work enthusiastically and diligently from the very beginning of the course. Students who have achieved an A or A* grade at GCSE and who have self-studied the Certificate in Further Maths in year 11 are best placed to both love the subject and succeed in the assessments. We expect students to find the content stretching and as a result we are determined to offer strong support every step of the journey towards success.
A-level Maths is made up of four core and two applied modules. Students study Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics in year 12 and Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics in year 13. Each module has a distinct exam but the skills, knowledge and understanding build up from Core 1 to Core 4 so that real mathematical fluency is necessary for students to achieve highly in Core 3 and Core 4.
There is no coursework for Maths. Exams count for 100% of the final grade. Each module has a 90 minute exam which is sat in the summer exam season (May to June). Students can still sit AS modules at the end of Y12 and end their qualification there if required. To achieve a full A-level, students will sit an exam in all six modules which are equally weighted towards the final award. Only Core 1 is a non-calculator paper.
An A-Level in Maths is well respected by Universities and Employers. Students who go on to study most disciplines including Business, Accountancy, Engineering, Medicine, Architecture or any of the Sciences, will benefit from the subject. Students who study Maths degrees have many very well paid and well respected career choices at their fingertips.
Students will study Maths for an average of four hours per week in year 12 and 5 hours per week in year 13. Homework will be set after each lesson and will mostly involve the completion of work started in class as well as past exam papers and problem-style questions. Assessments will take place at the end of each topic and results from these will be used to set intervention work or to raise action plans to inform students and parents of any current issues that need to be addressed.
A Scientific Calculator is compulsory for the study of Maths. We recommend the Casio Fx85GT (or Fx85GT-Plus) which will cost between £5 and £10 on amazon (often these calculators are for sale for less in ASDA).
Further Maths is a distinct A-level. For information see the Further Maths page on the web-site.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)