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Cottingham, Hessle and Wolfreton Sixth Form College

Who is the course aimed at?     

This is an academically demanding course that is aimed at students who have already shown natural ability and a desire to learn mathematics and possess the ability to:

  • Think mathematically - precisely, logically and creatively
  • Recall, select and use knowledge of mathematical facts
  • Investigate mathematical ideas and test/prove their own hypotheses

Students must also have a positive attitude towards learning and applying mathematics, including confidence, perseverance and enjoyment.

What will you learn?     

You will study the following mathematical topics:

  • Proof
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Coordinate Geometry in the (x,y) Plane
  • Sequences and Series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vectors
  • Statistical Sampling
  • Data Presentation and Interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical Distributions
  • Statistical Hypothesis Testing
  • Quantities and Units in Mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton's Laws
  • Moments

How will you be assessed?         

Assessment is exam based taken at the end of Year 13.

  • Paper 1 - 100% Pure Content
  • Paper 2 - 50% Pure and 50% Mechanics Content
  • Paper 3 - 50% Pure and 50% Statistics Content

Each written paper is 2 hours in length and equally weighted - 33.3% of A Level.

How will you learn?       

This course will enable students to develop the techniques, skills and methodology required to embark on a career path that requires mathematical rigour. Learning will take place through:

  • Teacher led activities and discussions on the material studied
  • Use of dedicated textbooks to introduce and experience new concepts in mathematics
  • Regular homework tasks and review of these with detailed feedback
  • Working in groups to share ideas, support understanding and solve problems
  • Study of previous examination questions and mark schemes

Enrichment activities and independent learning?           

Students will be expected to undertake independent study to consolidate learning. There will also be access to additional teacher support outside of timetabled lessons.

What or where next?

Mathematics is a very wide discipline and can lead to further study directly at university or in other areas where mathematics is an important tool, such as:

  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Science
  • Business Studies

Mathematics can lead to a vast array of opportunities and is highly regarded by employers.

More information          

For more information about this course please see the specification below or contact the sixth form team.