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Mathematics and Further Mathematics

We consider Mathematics as an intellectual adventure and invite students to see it in the same light.
What is Mathematics?

We consider Mathematics as an intellectual adventure and invite students to see it in the same light.
 
Through Mathematics students develop the ability to think in abstract and the ability to reason and question logically. They will learn to adopt a curious and questioning approach and become more effective thinkers. They will see the benefit in setting out their thoughts in a systematic and logical manner and realise that answers are worthy of credit only when properly justified. Students will learn to self criticise and improve their weaknesses instead of just focusing on their strengths. Students will be encouraged to take up challenges and be flexible in their techniques and methods.

What is Mathematics?

We consider Mathematics as an intellectual adventure and invite students to see it in the same light. Through Mathematics students develop the ability to think in abstract and the ability to reason and question logically. They will learn to adopt a curious and questioning approach and become more effective thinkers. They will see the benefit in setting out their thoughts in a systematic and logical manner and realise that answers are worthy of credit only when properly justified. Students will learn to self criticise and improve their weaknesses instead of just focusing on their strengths. Students will be encouraged to take up challenges and be flexible in their techniques and methods.

What is Mathematics at DLD?

There are three main areas in A level Mathematics:

Pure Mathematics -Algebra, graphical work, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus.

Statistics – handling and analysis of data, probability distributions, correlation, regression and hypothesis testing. Results need to be interpreted using appropriate language.

Mechanics – using simple mathematical models to describe a real world situation. Main topics include Kinematics, Dynamics and Statics.

Learning Mathematics at DLD

At DLD, the teachers use evidence-based teaching methods, which are shown by scientific research to help students achieve significantly improved grades. In the maths department, teachers also make frequent use of visual methods and computer animations to make difficult mathematical concepts as simple as possible for students to grasp. This is beneficial for all students, both home-students and students whose first language is not English.
 
The DLD maths department also offers the opportunity for students to improve their computer programming skills and put their maths to a practical use, by providing optional programming exercises relating to each math topic. This strengthens students’ understanding of A-level mathematics, and sets them up with a useful and employable life-skill too.

How is it assessed?

A Level Mathematics is solely based and consists of six units with equal weights in the final grade.
 
Mathematics – students can choose one of two options:
 

AS Level A2 Level
Option 1 C1 C2 S1 C3 C4 S2
Option 2 C1C2 M1 C3 C4 M2

 

Further Mathematics

For stronger students wanting to complete two A levels in Mathematics or those wanting to include Further Mathematics units in their options, they can either do:

Six units in the AS year (C1 C2 C3 C4 M1 M2) leading to Mathematics A level and six units at A2 level (FP1 FP2 FP3 M3 M4 M5) leading to Further Mathematics. In practice M3 is studied and examined in the first year.

Or

Six units in Pure Mathematics (C1 C2 C3 C4 FP1 FP2) leading to Pure Mathematics A level

Followed by

Six units in Statistics (S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6) leading to Statistics A level.

 
Exam Board: ED

What do I need?

Enthusiasm for the subject, persistence and consistent hard work, interest in problem solving, good algebraic skills, ability to think in abstract, a logical mind, a willingness to work independently while seeking and accepting guidance when necessary. It is also important to have achieved a high grade in GCSE Mathematics.

Good subject combinations

Apart from a degree in Mathematics which requires Further Maths, if you are thinking of studying physics related or engineering courses or medical courses at university, then you will be expected to do A Level Mathematics and sometimes Further Maths. For other disciplines such as Economics, Mathematics is a requirement for many and especially the top universities. So you may want to combine Maths with sciences, Economics or Business Studies. However a number of DLD students study Maths alongside Art subjects.

18 Month A-Level

This subject can be studied over 18 Months starting in January (minuimum 5.5 IELTS score is required).

After DLD

It is worth mentioning that Mathematics is a diverse discipline that deals with data, measurements and observations from science, inference, deduction, proofs as well as with mathematical models of natural phenomena, human behaviour and social systems. You will certainly come across applications of mathematics at some stage in your future careers. The skills that you acquire while studying Mathematics are valued greatly by universities and employers in general. A good pass at A level will be looked at very favourably by universities even if Mathematics is not directly related to your course.

Questions

Q: Can I do the course in one year?
A: Yes.
 
Q: Which exam board is studied?
A: Edexcel for all options except Statistics (AQA).

Entry Requirements for international students

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.
 
At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.
 
If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.

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