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Maths

The Mosslands School Mathematics Department has an excellent examination record at both AS and A2 level in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

In recent years, many students have gone on to leading Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge to study mathematics and related subjects. Students who achieve in Mathematics have also gone on to pursue careers or apprenticeships with great success.

The main focus for their studies needs to be that students have to apply themselves in lessons and in private study in equal measures. They should spend a minimum of 50 minutes at home for every lesson in school. They should also read ahead to familiarise themselves with the forthcoming material and revisit the GCSE materials that the texts assume they have great confidence and competence in. Their studies have to be robust and vigorous if they are to achieve the challenging requirements of the A level curriculum.

Students will all be given a copy of the Sixth Form Mathematics handbook when they start and can also access a copy via the shared area of the school intranet. This provides examination criteria, examination dates and boundaries, work ethic issues, past papers, AS/A2 materials and other pertinent information. They will also have personalised logins to the specialist support and advice for AS/A2 level study provided by the Mymaths and MEI websites respectively.

There are personally tailored intervention classes scheduled throughout the year to support students through to their examinations. We also provide revision days during school holidays and encourage students to access staff whenever they feel the need for additional support around their studies.

Our overall desire is to help students fulfill their academic potential. If they ensure that they communicate their support needs effectively, we can help them maximise their examination results.

For those taking Mathematics AS/A2 level the schedule of examinations takes place over a two year period as below.

The AS level consists of three modules with an aggregate score of 300 points.

C1 and C2 are the compulsory elements in year 12 along with M1. In year 13 C3 and C4 are the compulsory units along with S1.

(C= Core mathematics, M= Mechanics, S = Statistics)

The AS modules can be retaken in the following summer for a small examination fee.

The A2 level has an aggregate of 600 points made up of the 300 points from AS level and a further 300 points from the A2 modules.

We also offer Further Mathematics to the most able students.

There are two compulsory modules Further Pure (FP1) which is completed in Year 12 and Further Pure 2 (FP2) completed in Year 13 .

We currently supplement this with Decision mathematics (D1/D2) in Year 12, Mechanics (M2) and Statistics (S2) in Year 13.

There have been some changes to the existing Further Pure and Decision maths units to facilitate the AS and A2 years being run in parallel with the existing ordinary AS/A2 maths examinations

All examination papers last 1 hour 30 minutes

All examination papers have 75 marks.

C1 is a non-calculator paper: for all other unit examinations calculators can be used.

Aims

The 12 units that are currently available have been designed for schools and colleges to produce courses which will encourage students to:

  • develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs
  • extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems
  • develop an understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected
  • recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved
  • use mathematics as an effective means of communication
  • read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of mathematics
  • acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations
  • develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general
  • take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.