Sixth Form Applications
Applications to Heart of England Sixth Form are welcome.
Sixth Form: Mathematics
Mathematics A Level is a chance to extend you skils in Mathematical techniques and problem solving. It covers four modules of Pure Maths, using a lot of your previous knowledge of algebra to build on your previous work with topics such as trigonometry and vectors. As well as learning about new Mathematical concepts such as differentiation and integration, you will also do two applied modules, where you will have the choice of studying Mechanics or Statistics.
Syllabuses (Course Outline and Structure)
At Heart of England Sixth Form we follow the AQA Syllabus. Both the AS and A2 sections of the course are marked out of 300 UMS points. The two sets of marks together constitute the entire A level, out of a total of 600 UMS points. The course is split into AS and A2 Mathematics as follows:
The official AQA specifcations for all of the Maths modules are available in pdf form at:
To study A Level Mathematics you must have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, and we would recommend at least a grade B in your GCSE Maths. Since the course is very algebra based you must also have good skills in manipulating algebra and you will be tested on this during the first week of the course.
The ‘step up’ from GCSE Maths to A Level is quite significant and for those students who would like to get a good start on it, particularly if their algebra skills need a little brushing up, we recommend the CGP text ‘Head Start to AS Maths’
Activities and Trips
We have no mandatory trips or activities in Maths, although throughout the two years there may be the opportunity to take part in activities, such as revision days and team challenges, run by the ‘Further Maths Network’ based at Warwick University, with whom we have been cultivating links over the last few years.
This would incur a small cost, usually of between £10 and £30 dependant on the type of activity, and may involve students arranging their own transport to and from the University.
Other than the cost of the activities that we may run with the ‘Further Maths Network’ there are no expected costs associated with the Maths A Level. All the text books are lent to students for the duration of the course and they will only need to pay for them if they fail to return or badly damage them. There are no mandatory excursions and the only equipment they are required to have (other than the usual contents of a pencil case) is a scientific calculator, which they should have anyway from GCSE.
The main links between other subjects and Maths come from the choice of applied topic:
Schemes of Work
In Maths the Scheme of Work is based on the text books. For each module we have a text book produced by AQA which covers all the topics needed for that course. Students will be loaned these text books for the duration of their study
Past papers are an essential part of the revision process for Mathematics, it is important to get plenty of practice of the type of questions you will be asked in exams. At the end of each chapter in the text book there is a revision exercise made up of past exam questions and we always leave plenty of time after completing the learning for the module to do past paper practice, both under exam conditions and as an open book revision tool.
The AQA Maths past papers (and several other useful documents) can be found at:
The AQA link above is very useful and provides access to past papers, mark schemes, examiners reports, specifications, practice papers for new specifications, the formula booklet and many other useful documents.
Also the school has paid for access to the website My Maths which students may have used in Key Stage 3 and 4 but which also has a wealth of resources for A Level revision. This can be accessed by asking your teacher for the school's login and password information.
Maths A Level will support students who go on to study a wide range of different subjects at University or in other forms of Higher Education, the more obvious ones being Maths, Science and Engineering. It’s logical thinking and problem solving based structure make it a qualification that can pick students ‘out of the crowd’ in the eyes of many universities and employers, even in non-Maths based courses or industries.