Mathematics

If you enjoyed Maths at high school and want to learn more you should definitely consider A-level Maths at Rainhill. The two year course comprises three important elements of mathematics: Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: Edexcel
Entry Requirements:
  • 5 GCSEs, grade 4 or above, including maths and English.
  • A grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths is required
Last three years destinations:
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics at University of Warwick
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics at Durham
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics at Liverpool University

Course Aims

Pure Mathematics at A-level involves algebra, trigonometry and geometry and introduces calculus, the study of changing quantities. Mechanics develops an understanding of how and why things move (or don’t move) and enables you to make predictions about the forces of nature. Statistics develops a deeper understanding of probability and introduces methods for testing whether or not events happen by chance.

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated but to make complicated things simple.” S. Gudder. At Rainhill Sixth Form this is what we aim to do for all mathematics students. You will be introduced to new concepts, which at first will seem complicated and complex, and at times are incredibly challenging, but with work, support and time, will become simple problems that you have the tools to tackle independently

Progression

Mathematics is the foundation of almost every science and economic-based discipline, from physics and geography to banking and engineering. Success in Mathematics at A-level shows future employers that you are comfortable dealing with many different kinds of figures and calculations and you will develop a broad, transferable skill set including problem-solving, critical thinking and the ability to work independently

Exam

Assessment is based on three papers which carry an equal weighting. Each paper will have a duration of 2 hours.

Paper 1 and Paper 2 – These papers will be based on any of the core pure mathematics studied in the course.

Paper 3 – This paper will be testing applied mathematical content covering Statistics and Mechanics.