## Subject Talk

## Transition materials for Y11 going into Y12

WHAT IS MATHEMATICS?

A-level Mathematics covers a wide range of topics that will extend your knowledge of algebra and trigonometry and introduce you to exciting new concepts such as differentiation and integration. The new two year linear course includes Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

WHY STUDY MATHEMATICS?

Mathematics is an extremely useful and well respected subject. It is a facilitating subject that will allow you to take a wide range of degree courses at university.

Some choose Mathematics simply because they love the mathematical challenge it offers. There is a real beauty in Mathematics that will start to show itself the more you are exposed to it.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics is required.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

3 exam papers, all taken with a calculator.

Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics

Paper 2 – Pure Mathematics and Statistics

Paper 3 – Pure Mathematics and Mechanics

All papers equally weighted and worth 33% each. However, since the Statistics and Mechanics represent only a half of papers 2 and 3, this means that overall, Pure Mathematics = 66%, Statistics = 17% and Mechanics = 17%.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN MATHEMATICS?

According to the Russell Group, A-level Mathematics is an essential or useful A-level subject for the following careers and degree choices: Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Dentistry, Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science.