Why study Mathematics?

Successful Sixth Form students of Mathematics will show a genuine interest in mathematical processes.  They will have the ability to cope with abstract ideas and the determination necessary to practise techniques and master concepts.  They will gain a real sense of achievement when worthwhile results to difficult problems are achieved.

Mathematics is studied in the Sixth Form for many different reasons. Some study it because they enjoy the challenge of solving problems of a numerical or logical nature. Others choose Mathematics because it supports their work in other subjects such as science, Psychology or Economics and will continue to do so in a variety of further education courses ranging from Geography to Meteorology, Business to Law or Pharmacy to Medicine. Some students choose Mathematics because the skills it requires and develops are totally different from those in their other A level subjects.

The most important attributes to bring to the course are a previous enjoyment of, and success in, studying Mathematics, an ability to think and communicate logically and the determination to work at a problem until you have solved it.

Monmouth School for Girls and Monmouth School for Boys follow the same specification.

Heads of Department: Mr A Skailes (Girls), Dr H Evans (Boys).

Course content

Board: Edexcel   A level Syllabus Code: 9MA0

  • Pure Maths (Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Exponentials & Logarithms, Sequences & Series, Numerical Methods, Proof)
  • Mechanics (Kinematics, Forces & Newton’s Laws, Moments)
  • Statistics (Sampling Techniques, Data Presentation, Probability, Statistical Distributions & Hypothesis Testing)

There are now no optional units in A level Mathematics and the above content is split in a 2:1 ratio between pure and applied mathematics.

Method of assessment

Papers 1&2 – Pure Mathematics: 2 hours each.
100 marks (33.33% of A level) for each paper.
Paper 1 and Paper 2 may contain questions on any topics from the pure mathematics content.

Paper 3 – Applied Mathematics (Mechanics & Statistics):  2 hours.
100 marks (33.33% of A level)