Studying A Level Maths at BSix
Students begin A Level Maths by studying AS Level Maths, this is the first year of an A Level but can also stand as a qualification in its own right if the student decides not to continue with it at A2.
AS maths consists of three modules; Core 1 and Core 2 and then either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1. The pure modules are those in which the students learn the essentials of their subject which they can then apply in either mechanics or statistics depending on which makes the best fit with the other subjects they are studying at BSix.
At A2 you will explore further into pure maths with C3 and C4, and then sit a second applied model, either building on the subject they studied in AS or taking the opportunity to diversify by learning about the subject they did not take earlier.
Our students take the Edexcel course in mathematics and they will be able to borrow a number of text books from the library which are designed specifically to meet the course specifications. Teaching will often refer to the relevant book but, equally there will be times where the lesson does not stick closely to the text and there is a requirement that students will contribute to discussions and work through problems which will lead them to discover the rules they need to use for themselves. A variety of teaching methods are used as this makes the course more interesting for all involved and we seek to have something in each lesson for all styles of learners.
The Mathematical Experience – Davies and Hersh
A book that many of the staff will have read when they were beginning on their mathematical careers and one which has been recognised as a classic for years
Fermat’s Last Theorem – Simon Singh
A brilliant description of one man’s drive to solve a 350 year old problem that obsessed him when he first saw it as a child – as well as the contributory steps from many equally obsessed mathematicians in the intervening years
17 Equations that Changed the World – Ian Stewart
Godel, Escher, Bach – Hofstadter
A fantastic and accessible book that ties together many things and makes anybody who reads it really start to think in new ways
Also, see the BBC documentary The Story of Maths with Marcus du Sautoy
Beyond the classroom
Maths is one of the most useful A-Level subjects for diverse career progression. It is necessary in accountancy, in high-powered finance and trading jobs and, more generally, every industry has some need for some kind of mathematics.
Maths is fun and exciting as it is always developing. It is one of the key tools we have for understanding the world and those who know how to use it well can be assured that they are well equipped for life.
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