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Hampstead School

Mathematics and Further Mathematics

MATHEMATICS AND FURTHER MATHEMATICS A LEVEL 

At Hampstead School we offer both Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level. Additionally, students without a grade 4 in mathematics will study GCSE mathematics.

After studying Mathematics A-level students will have the skills to enter many different sectors. They will have the analytic skills to enter sectors such as finance, technology or engineering, particularly if they are studying it alongside relevant subjects. It will demonstrate that they have the ability to learn difficult concepts quickly and apply them to new topics to solve problems.

It will be a prerequisite for degrees such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and Computer Science. It will also be extremely useful preparation for degrees in other science subjects such as Biology, Psychology and Medicine. However, the skills students gain from Mathematics are recognised and respected across all sectors including media, law or advertising.

Further Mathematics A-level will equip students with knowledge of advanced mathematical ideas and concepts that are relevant to careers in science and technology. Most of the school’s Further Mathematics students pursue degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or other science subjects.

For degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering, Further Mathematics is highly recommended. Two of the school’s recent Further Mathematics students have won competitive engineering placements at companies such as Air Bus UK, which have funded their university degrees, as well as providing immediate employment. Other students have gone on to study Mathematics or Computer Science at Cambridge, Imperial College, Kings London, Edinburgh and Queen Mary universities.

Mathematics A Level

Exam Board:  OCR MEI B

AS Level in Mathematics

CONTENT OVERVIEW

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW

Component 01 assesses content from areas 1 and 2

Pure mathematics and Mechanics

70 marks

1hr 30min

Written Paper

50% of total AS Level

Component 02 assesses content from areas 1 and 3

Pure mathematics and Statistics

70 marks

1hr 30min

Written Paper

50% of total AS Level

Content is in three areas:

  1. Pure Mathematics
  2. Mechanics
  3. Statistics

A Level in Mathematics

CONTENT OVERVIEW

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW

Component 01 assesses content from areas 1 and 2

Pure mathematics and Mechanics

100 marks

2 hours

Written Paper

36.4% of total A Level

Component 02 assesses content from areas 1 and 3

 

Component 03 assesses content from area 1 (areas 2 and 3 are assumed knowledge)

Pure mathematics and Statistics

100 marks

Pure Mathematics and Comprehension

2 hours

Written Paper

36.4% of total A Level

 

27.3% of total A Level

This assessment includes all work covered at AS Level.

Further Mathematics AS and A Level

Further Mathematics is taken alongside Mathematics A level. Students must also take Mathematics A level if they wish to take Further Mathematics.

As with Mathematics A level, students should also be comfortable with algebra at GCSE as this is an integral part of the A level. They should have an interest in problem solving and learning new mathematical concepts. If they have an interest in pursuing a career in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or Computer Science, they should consider taking Further Mathematics.

What will you learn?

  1. Core Pure
  2. Mechanics
  3. Statistics
  4. Extra Pure

Topics can be found here: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/

Extra-Curricular

There are plenty of opportunities for extracurricular mathematical activities at Hampstead School:

  • All students will take part in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge in November
  • All students will be given the opportunity to try out to be part of the Hampstead School Senior Maths Team
  • Talented students will be supported in extra examinations such as the BMO, MAT and STEP