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Mathematics & further mathematics

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Why study this subject?

Mathematics goes well with many combinations of subjects. It equips students with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving, number skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways.

Mathematics is important in everyday life and many forms of employment: science and technology, engineering, medicine, the economy, the environment, and public decision-making.

Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a learner solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.

Which Examination Board?

WJEC

Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

AS is worth 40% and A2  is worth 60% of the A Level.

How will you be assessed?

All assessment is through written examination.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

Year 12

AS Mathematics

  • All students study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.
  • This is examined through two papers:  Unit 1 is Pure Mathematics, Unit 2 is Applied Mathematics.

Further Mathematics

  • If students wish to study an additional A Level in Further Mathematics this is done in Year 13 with the whole A Level Mathematics studied in Year 12.   (see below for full A level content)

Year 13

A Level Mathematics

  • All students study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.
  • This is examined through two papers: Unit 3 is Pure Mathematics, Unit 4 is Applied Mathematics.

A Level Further Mathematics

  • All students study Further Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.
  • This is examined through five Units: Two Pure Mathematics Units and three Applied Mathematics Units.