Year 12
Year 12 students study the new OCR Mathematics A-level for first teaching from September 2017.
Normal Mathematics
AS Level / A Level Mathematics is a broad based mathematics course that covers the essential elements of pure mathematics and also covers applied mathematics through the study of statistics and mechanics. Students learn essential mathematical skills and processes whilst developing approaches to problem solving and mathematical argument, language and proof. Mathematical modelling techniques are also studied as approaches to solving applied mathematics problems in Statistics and Mechanics. In particular there is a focus on the use of technology including the study of a large data set in statistics.
Pure mathematics focuses on pure mathematical concepts and skills. The subject areas covered are: Proof, Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry in the x-y Plane, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical Methods and Vectors.
Statistics focuses on the techniques required to carry out exploratory data analysis, modelling, sampling and testing. The subject areas covered are: Statistical Sampling, Data Presentation and Interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distributions and Statistical Hypothesis Testing.
Mechanics focuses on applying mathematical problem solving to mechanics. The subject areas covered are: Quantities and Units on Mechanics, Kinematics, Moments and Forces and Newton’s Laws.
Further Mathematics
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AS Level / A Level Further Mathematics course is broader and deeper than A-level mathematics and introduces new mathematical concepts that have wide applications in engineering, physical sciences, economics and computing. The Pure Core provides the foundations for further mathematical study upon which learners study Statistics and Mechanics. There will also be overarching themes of mathematical argument, language and proof, mathematical problem solving and mathematical modelling that will be running throughout the course.
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Pure Core, students extend and deepen their knowledge of proof, algebra and vectors studied in A Level Mathematics. They will also broaden their knowledge into other areas of pure mathematics that underpin the further study of mathematics. The subject areas covered are: Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further Vectors, Further Algebra, Series, Hyperbolic Functions, Further Calculus, Polar Coordinates, and Differential Equations.
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Statistics, students explore the theory which underlies the statistics content in A-Level Mathematics, as well as extending their knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques. The subject areas covered are: Probability, Discrete Random Variables, Continuous Random Variables, Linear Combinations of Random Variables, Hypothesis Tests and Confidence Intervals, Chi-squared Tests, Non-parametric Tests, Correlation and Linear Regression
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Mechanics, students extend their knowledge of particles, kinematics and forces from A Level Mathematics, using their extended pure mathematical knowledge to explore more complex physical systems. The subject areas covered are: Dimensional Analysis, Work, Energy and Power, Impulse and Momentum, Centre of Mass, Motion in a Circle and Linear Motion under a Variable Force.
Year 13
Normal Mathematics Sixth form students study the OCR Mathematics (A) A Level specification.
A Level Mathematics is a broad based mathematics course that covers the essential elements of pure mathematics and also covers applied mathematics through the study of statistics and mechanics. Students learn essential mathematical skills and processes whilst developing approaches to problem solving and mathematical argument, language and proof. Mathematical modelling techniques are also studied as approaches to solving applied mathematics problems in Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics In particular there is a focus on the use of technology including the study of a large data set in statistics.
Further Mathematics Sixth form students who take Further Mathematics study the OCR Further Mathematics (A) A Level specification.
The A Level Further Mathematics course is broader and deeper than A-level mathematics and introduces new mathematical concepts that have wide applications in engineering, physical sciences, economics and computing. The Pure Core provides the foundations for further mathematical study upon which learners study Statistics and Mechanics. As per normal mathematics, there will also be overarching themes of mathematical argument, language and proof, mathematical problem solving and mathematical modelling that will be running throughout the course.