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Mathematics

Mathematics

Our Subject

Mathematics is a challenging, rewarding and surprisingly creative A-Level which encourages you to see and use the links between different concepts. We will use a variety of approaches to help you develop your problem solving skills and appreciate the power of mathematical thinking.

To study Mathematics at Bilborough, you need a grade A/7 in Maths GCSE and grade C/4 in English.  If you are on target for a B grade in GCSE Mathematics we recommend you consider studying Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) to support your other subjects.

Our links with HE

We aim to give you the best possible footing for university and your future career with enrichment opportunities and CV-enhancing experiences. Each year we run a trip to Maths Inspiration, for example, where students have the opportunity to, as the organisers put it, “experience the UK’s most inspiring maths speakers live, in big venues, presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world situations”. Presentations have intriguing titles such as ‘Rollercoasters: Designed To Thrill’, ‘From Pepsi to Peace Deals’ and ‘The Friendship Paradox of Facebook’.

We also encourage you to enter the Senior Maths Challenge, an international competition run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. We regularly see several of our students achieving Gold and going further in the competition. You can also try out for the Team Challenge.  Our college has performed impressively in this competition in recent years. We were the regional competition winners this year and are going to the national final in February.


Course Structure

During your first year (AS) you will study Core 1, which builds on GCSE-level algebra and graphs, and introduces calculus to find gradients and areas related to curves. Core 2 extends your knowledge of sequences and trigonometry, and introduces logarithms. Alongside these you study Decision 1 (looking at solving common problems with networks such as route-finding).

In the second year (A2) Core 3 and 4 explore more complex algebraic and trigonometric functions, and the techniques needed to work with these effectively. You will also study numerical methods and vectors. You then have the option of studying Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1. Mechanics 1 has strong links with Physics and looks at forces and the motion of objects using mathematical modelling, including vectors. Statistics 1 extends your GCSE skills in probability and the interpretation and handling of data, showing you how to make predictions based on statistical distribution models.


Inspiration

“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”
The National Framework from the Department for Education (page 88)

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