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Nursery – Prep – Senior – Sixth Form

Use of Maths


Course Leader: Mr J Benmore
Examination Board: AQA

Why Study Use of Maths at A-Level?

Like Mathematics, this course will build on your previous GCSE work, but is designed to look at how mathematics is used in a variety of different areas. This course is designed to bring the study of mathematics to ‘non-mathematicians’. As with mathematics, you will be expected to allocate a substantial amount of personal time to independent learning and examination preparation.

Course Aims

While studying this course you will have the opportunity to use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems, simplify real-life situations so that you can use mathematics to show what is happening and what might happen in different circumstances. You will use the mathematics that you learn to solve problems that are given to you in a real-life context as well as use calculator technology and other resources, such a specialised formulae, tables and specialist software, effectively and appropriately and understand calculator limitations and when it is inappropriate to use such technology.

Course Content

Both AS and A2 level in this course cover 3 modules of study.
AS
Module 1 – Algebra
Module 2 & 3 – Choose from Data Analysis, Hypothesis Testing, Dynamics, Personal Finance and Decision Maths. (These modules are independent qualifications in their own right and support a variety of other A Level courses)
A2
Module 4 – Calculus – Written Paper
Module 5 – Maths Application – Extended Coursework
Module 6 - Maths Comprehension – Written Paper

Assessment

AS
All 3 modules taken in Year 12.
All modules are 1 hour in length.
A2
1 written exam – 1 hour
1 written exam – 1 hour and 30 mins.
1 portfolio assessment – 60 hours

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