EDEXCEL AS and A Level Mathematics

MathsMathematics is a creative discipline. From measuring the dimensions of a pyramid in Ancient Egypt, to theoretically calculating the correct angle for optimising the flight of a projectile, mathematics is involved.

Mathematics also includes problems to be solved for their own sake: Pentominoes, Towers of Hanoi, Crytpogram, these can all be modelled and solved mathematically!

“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.” ~ Dean Schlicter

This is a saying that applies the more one studies the topic, with deeper study into mathematics, it will unfold with the mind – a glance at a shadow, a plant, anything will suddenly present itself to you as a mathematical expression. The classic example is the series of numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8… A remarkable pattern of numbers that can be modeled onto most naturally occurring things.

Students who attain a good grounding in A Level Maths will have disciplined their thinking to be rational, problem solving and practical. However, they will also be able to connect up many different fields of life by understanding their foundation in Mathematics – the different options of the course allow diversions into mechanics (useful for physics or practical subjects) or statistics (useful for any course requiring an understanding of data and analysis).

Mathematicians work in many fields.

Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Mr Hill
Assessment: Exams
Additional entry requirements: GCSE in Maths Grade 7+
Suggested combinations: Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Business.
Link:  www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/maths/Pages/default.aspx