A Level Mathematics

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.

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