Mathematics

Why study Mathematics?

The main reason to study Mathematics should be that you have an interest in and enjoy the subject. You will be given the opportunity to develop a range of skills including problem solving, logic and analysing situations, whilst gaining a greater knowledge of mathematical skills and their applications. Our aim is to develop students mathematically, in order that they have the skills required to problem solve in a variety of mathematical contexts. Mathematics is one of the most popular subjects at Didcot Sixth Form, and students consistently make good progress. A good grade in Mathematics opens doors for many future career paths. If you have a solid understanding of the GCSE concepts before you start you should do well in the subject.

What will I study?

The course is divided into three areas which include studying the topics listed:

Pure Mathematics: Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, and vectors.

Statistics: Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing.

Mechanics: quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.

 The course is spread out over two years, and the students get the opportunity to student each aspect and each year, building on their previous understanding.

How will I study?

Lessons will explore new mathematical concepts and skills. Students will be given time within lessons to develop their understanding through a variety of activities. We will set independent study, and students will be expected to seek support whilst completing the work. The work will then be reviewed by the teacher and targets for improvement set. Assessments will be frequently set to consolidate learning and give both the student and teacher a clear idea of how the student can move forward mathematically. Facing up to problems as they arise and solving them will ensure the student makes good progress.

 How will my work be assessed?

Three exams, each 2 hours, all equal weighting: Paper 1 Pure Mathematics, Paper 2 Pure Mathematics, Paper 3 Statistics and Mechanics.

Entry requirements: to study Maths at A-Level, you need to have achieved a grade 7 in Mathematics at GCSE, and have strong algebra skills. We will consider applications from students who achieve grade 6 provided their GCSE teacher recommends them for A-Level Maths.