A Level: Maths

The opportunities for students of Mathematics, on completion of full-time education, are enormous. It complements and supports other courses, for example, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology and Business Studies. Qualifications in Mathematics are acceptable as an entry to many different careers.

The Mathematics A Level courses offered at Eltham Hill School are designed to provide academic and vocational experiences. They will prepare students for their choice in both the world of work and Higher Education.

Why should I choose Maths?

Just as languages provide the building blocks and rules we need to communicate, maths uses its own language, made up of numbers, symbols and formulas, to explore the rules we need to measure or identify essential problems like distance, speed, area, change, force and quantities. Studying maths helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, Maths helps us put a price on things, create graphics, build websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work.

What skills will I get if I study Maths?

Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem-solving skills. Not only will studying maths help give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.

What topics will I be studying?

Mathematics A2

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics

[100 marks, 33.33%, 2 hours]

Topic 1: Proof

Topic 2: Algebra and Functions

Topic 3: Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane

Topic 4: Sequences and series

Topic 5: Trigonometry

Topic 6: Exponentials and Logarithms

Topic 7: Differentiation

Topic 8: Integration

Topic 9: Vectors

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics

[100 marks, 33.33%, 2 hours]

Topic 1: Proof

Topic 2: Algebra and Functions

Topic 3: Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane

Topic 4: Sequences and series

Topic 5: Trigonometry

Topic 6: Differentiation

Topic 7: Integration

Topic 8: Numerical methods

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

[100 marks, 33.33%, 2 hours]

Section A: Statistics

Topic 1: Statistical sampling

Topic 2: Data presentation and interpretation

Topic 3: Probability

Topic 4: Statistical distributions

Topic 5: Statistical hypothesis testing

Section B: Mechanics

Topic 6: Quantities and units in mechanics

Topic 7: Kinematics

Topic 8: Forces and Newton’s laws

Topic 9: Moments