Department Leader: Charlotte Knight
In the sixth form students follow a 2 year A-Level program in Further Maths and/or Mathematics.
Current Year 13
Year 13 are studying the old specification and will attempt modules in:
- Core 3
- Core 4
- Statistics 2
Having already taken exams in:
- Core 1
- Core 2
- Statistics 1
In Further Maths the students are taking 2 Further Pure modules and 1 Decision and Discrete module.
This year’s year 12 will embark upon the new specification course offered by Edexcel.
In A Level Mathematics:
In the new specification for Mathematics all modules are compulsory meaning the A-Level mathematics is more standardised across all the different educational institutions.
Students will aim to sit three two hour exams at the end of year 13.
Two of these will concentrate on the pure mathematics topics such as:
Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Vectors, etc.
The other exam will be 50% Statistics and 50% Mechanics.
In the statistics module students will be investigating topics such as:
Probability, Statistical Distributions and Hypothesis Tests, Data Presentation and Interpretation, etc.
In mechanics they will study:
Kinematics, Forces, Moments, Newton’s Laws, etc.
(These topics should also help support any students wishing to study physics.)
In A Level Further Mathematics
In Further Mathematics the new specification dictates half of the content course:
Complex numbers, matrices, proof, differential equations etc
The other half is chosen by the school. Here at KBA we have opted to take:
Additional Further Pure, Decision and Discrete
These will include topics that take the further pure topics into greater depth and the decision looks at algorithms, critical path analysis, linear programming, etc.
These two additional modules will be taught alongside the two compulsory Further Pure Mathematics modules