**HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:** Mrs H Fraser BSc PGCE (East Anglia)

Email: hfraser@stedmundscollege.org

##### COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC I

In Rhetoric I Mathematics is split into two papers:

Paper 1 (which carries two thirds of the overall mark) will consist of the following topics:

- Proof
- Algebra and functions
- Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
- Sequences and series
- Trigonometry
- Exponentials and logarithms
- Differentiation
- Integration
- Vectors

Paper 2 will cover the following topics:

**Section A**

- Statistical Sampling
- Data presentation and interpretation
- Probability
- Statistical distributions
- Statistical hypothesis testing

**Section B**

- Quantities and units in mechanics
- Kinematics
- Forces and Newton’s Laws

##### COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC II

Mathematics in Rhetoric II is split into three papers each with equal weighting:

**Paper 1**

- Proof
- Algebra and functions
- Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
- Sequences and series
- Trigonometry
- Exponentials and logarithms
- Differentiation
- Integration
- Vectors

**Paper 2**

- Proof
- Algebra and functions
- Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
- Sequences and series
- Trigonometry
- Differentiation
- Integration
- Numerical Method

**Paper 3**

**Section A**

- Statistical Sampling
- Data presentation and interpretation
- Probability
- Statistical distributions
- Statistical hypothesis testing

**Section B**

- Quantities and units in mechanics
- Kinematics
- Forces and Newton’s Laws
- Moments

##### Key Skills

While studying Mathematics you will be expected to:

- Use mathematical skills, arguments and logic to solve problems
- Understand and demonstrate what is meant by proof in mathematics
- Simplify real-life situations so that mathematics can be used to show what is happening and what might happen in different circumstances
- Apply mathematics to solve problems presented in a real-life context
- Use calculator technology and other resources (such as formulae booklets or statistical tables) effectively and appropriately
- Understand calculator limitations and when it is inappropriate to use such technology.

##### Enrichment opportunities

Our A Level students compete in the annual UK Schools ‘Mathematics’ Challenges with many students each year gaining awards at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels.

We also send a team of students to London to compete in the National UKMC Competition,

‘Enterprising Mathematics’ where all their newly-found mathematical skills can be put to practical use.

##### Higher education and career prospects

Post GCSE Mathematics is a valuable supporting subject to many courses in Rhetoric and at degree level, especially for the Sciences and Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Medical courses.

A mathematics qualification is a much sought-after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full-time courses in higher education and careers including: Economics, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Accountancy, Teaching, Physics, Computing and IT, Psychology.