Subject Intent: Why Mathematics?
Studying A-Level Mathematics encourages learners to think and act mathematically, using mathematical skills and forms of communication to analyse situations within mathematics and elsewhere. Mathematics underpins all areas of our lives and studying maths allows students to think logically and break complex problems into smaller steps. The course emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and demonstrates how mathematics can be applied to model situations using algebra and other representations, to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business. Having these mathematical skills makes students employable in virtually all careers as it blends communication and problem solving skills together. It also prepares learners for a wide range of destinations in Higher Education and employment as all of the skills taught in A-Level Mathematics are transferable in to Higher Education and the work place.
What will I study?
The course will include:
- Coordinate geometry
- Sequences and series
- Exponentials and logarithms
- Numerical methods
- Statistics and probability
- Mechanics, including kinematics, forces, moments, Newton’s laws and projectiles.
Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.
What are lessons like in this subject?
Lessons start with retrieval practice: previous topics taught are consolidated using quizzes, skills tests or exam questions. Exemplar models are worked through in the lesson to introduce new topics. Time is allocated to practising skills and application in problem solving. Students are encouraged to engage in discussion to deepen their knowledge. Miniwhiteboards, card matching activities, interactive resources and websites are used in lessons.
Students become proficient in the use of a graphical calculator. Activities such as sketching graphs, solving simultaneous equations, carrying out statistical calculations and much more are performed in lessons on their calculator.
Maths enrichment is on offer throughout the year. Examples include university trips to maths departments to experience maths lectures and student life, along with the opportunity to participate in the senior maths challenge and team maths challenge annually.
Guest lecturers and speakers are invited into college to give inspiring maths talks.
Maths is both challenging and highly enjoyable and provides you with a broad set of transferable skills. The New College teachers are always available to provide support and clarification where needed, and their lessons are fast-paced and engaging. Studying maths has helped me to develop my critical thinking and I have been encouraged to look at the wider-world applications of what we learn in the classroom.
Rosie Sutton, The Hayfield School