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Mathematics

Our goal is for students to love mathematics. Our philosophy is to engage, motivate, and inspire V6 students. We aim to create life-long mathematics learners who have the confidence, curiosity, and critical thinking to solve the numerical challenges they will face across the curriculum and later life.

Here at V6, we are passionate about every student having the opportunity to grow in their mathematical ability throughout sixth form. As such, we offer three different pathways for students to pursue.

To find out which route could be right for you, listen to the subject presentation or explore the links below.

Subject Presentation

Mathematics A-Level

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Nationally, A-Level Mathematics is the most popular choice by a large margin, and opens doorways to a huge number of degree and employment options. Employment in STEM occupations has grown over 80% in the last 30 years, and most Universities require A-Level Mathematics as a prerequisite to STEM related options. Entry requirements are GCSE Mathematics Grade 7+

Results 2017

63% A*-B

Results 2018

31% A*/A

63% A*-B

Results 2019

53% A*/A

Course Leader

David Huggins

Examination Board

Edexcel

Paper 1 and 2: Pure Mathematics

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

Each paper is 2 hours long and 100 marks

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Grade 7+ Mathematics GCSE

Assessment

Written examination

 

What will you study?

A Level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at GCSE and includes Statistics and Mechanics. A Level Mathematics is fun and rewarding. It broadens your mathematical skills and promotes deeper mathematical thinking. You will be introduced to interesting new areas of pure mathematics such as calculus and you will apply mathematics in a wider range of contexts.

Studying A-Level Mathematics is a prerequisite to many STEM related University courses and career options, and hugely beneficial for growing mathematical fluency. Employers value Mathematics more than most subjects as students develop outstanding analytical and logical thinking skills, and STEM occupations are forecast to grow 76% faster than non STEM job growth nationwide

Future Pathways

Mathematics underpins areas of academic study and business which are seen as central to the country’s  economic future. Mathematical skills are vital to students of the physical sciences and engineering, and increasingly important in social and medical sciences. Skilled, well-paid jobs often demand high-level Mathematics skills. We cater for the most able students who want to study Mathematics at University with recent students going on to study Mathematics at Oxford, UCL,Edinburgh and Bristol.

 

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Maths Olympiad

Mentoring younger students

Senior Maths Challenge/Team Maths Challenge

 

COURSE TEACHERS

Mr Lewis – KS5 Coordinator

Ms Springham

Mr Walker

 

Integral

Each student has an online login for Integral, which is an online platform containing lots of videos, walkthrough activities, summary notes, practice questions and assessments. Some homework will be set via Integral.

 

Required Course Materials

Calculator – Casio Classwiz fx-991ex (This is an essential upgrade from the GCSE calculator)

Pearson EdExcel AS and A Level Mathematics Textbooks

Pure Year 1 and Year 2

Statistics and Mechanics Year 1 and Year 2

 

Suggested Reading

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland – Alex Bellos

“Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.”

17 Equations that Changed the World – Ian Stewart and John Davey

“From Newton's Law of Gravity to the Black-Scholes model used by bankers to predict the markets, equations, are everywhere -- and they are fundamental to everyday life. Seventeen Equations that Changed the World examines seventeen ground-breaking equations that have altered the course of human history. He explores how Pythagoras's Theorem led to GPS and Satnav; how logarithms are applied in architecture; why imaginary numbers were important in the development of the digital camera, and what is really going on with Schrödinger's cat.”

Humble Pi – Matt Parker

“What makes a bridge wobble when it's not meant to? Billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? A building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap's 1990 hit I've Got The Power? The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world.”

Why Study Mathematics? – Vicky Neale

“This book, aimed at students, parents and teachers, explains in practical terms the range and scope of mathematics at university level and where it can lead in terms of careers or further study. It will enthuse the reader about the subject and answer the crucial questions that a college prospectus does not.”

Maths on the Back of an Envelope – Rob Eastaway

How many cats are there in the world? What's the chance of winning the lottery twice? And just how long does it take to count to a million? This book is an insight into the world of Fermi estimation, using simple mathematical modelling to estimate… anything!” Rob Eastaway has written a number of other excellent books as well!

 

SUBJECT SPECIFIC PRESENTATIONS AND HOLIDAY TASKS

Please click the below link to take you to a page listing subject presentations and summer holiday tasks for Year 11 students entering V6 Sixth Form in September.

V6 Holiday Tasks

 

Further Mathematics A-Level

A Level Further Mathematics is widely regarded as one of the strongest A-Level qualifications and is of great benefit to STEM based University degrees. It is studied alongside A-Level Mathematics, and is designed to engage and challenge the strongest students in the country.

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Results 2017

100% A

Results 2018

66% A*/A

Results 2019

100% A at AS Level

Course Leader

David Huggins

Examination Board

Edexcel

Paper 1 and 2: Pure Mathematics

Paper 3: Further Statistics 1

Paper 4: Decision Mathematics 1

Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks and makes up 25% of the qualification

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Grade 8+ Mathematics GCSE

Assessment

Written examination

 

What will you study?

A Level Further Mathematics is a fascinating and challenging course which is studied alongside A Level Mathematics. The course consists 50% of pure modules, and 25% each of Further Statistics and Decision Mathematics. Whilst some material builds further upon A-Level content, many of the topics are completely new, such as complex numbers, matrices and differential equations. Many STEM related courses highly recommend studying Further Mathematics. Some students choose to do Further Mathematics as a fourth option with the intention of doing the AS Level after Year 12, though the subject is so engaging many continue to do the full A-Level!

A Level Further Mathematics is widely regarded as one of the strongest A-Level qualifications and is of great benefit to STEM based University degrees. It is estimated that 3.5 million STEM jobs will be need to be filled by 2025, and the average STEM wage is over double the national average.

Future Pathways

Mathematical skills are vital to students of the physical sciences and engineering,and increasingly important in social and medical sciences. Skilled,well-paid jobs (especially in the financial services and ICT sectors) often demand high-level Mathematics skills.

 

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Maths Olympiad

Senior Maths Challenge

Team Maths Challenge

Teaching Maths to lower year groups

 

Integral

Each student has an online login for Integral, which is an online platform containing lots of videos, walkthrough activities, summary notes, practice questions and assessments. Some homework will be set via Integral.

 

Required Course Materials

Calculator – Casio Classwiz fx-991ex (essential minimum) OR Casio FX-CG50 (better, but expensive) (This is an essential upgrade from the GCSE calculator)

Pearson EdExcel AS and A Level Further Mathematics Textbooks

Core Pure Book 1 and Book 2

Further Statistics 1

Decision Mathematics 1

SUBJECT SPECIFIC PRESENTATIONS AND HOLIDAY TASKS

Please click the below link to take you to a page listing subject presentations and summer holiday tasks for Year 11 students entering V6 Sixth Form in September.

V6 Holiday Tasks

 

Level 3 Core Mathematics

Equivalent to an AS-Level, this is a one year program to strengthen a student’s ability to apply mathematics in context to apply to real life scenarios. The focus is on using mathematics in everyday scenarios, including finances, statistics and spreadsheets, and is studied alongside three other A-Level options to support students in their mathematical content. Entry requirements are GCSE Mathematics Grade 4+

What will you study:

Core Mathematics, also known as Mathematics in Context, is equivalent to an AS-Level and is all about applying Mathematics to real-life scenarios. The course is very practical, including topics such as finances, statistics, spreadsheets and everyday estimation, and will set you up well for the mathematical content you will encounter in your other A-Levels. As a one year course, we have 6 lessons a fortnight, and it studied in addition to three other options.

Studying Core Maths helps students develop their quantitative and problem-solving skills. This is valuable preparation for many degree courses, particularly in subjects such as geography, psychology, business-related courses, sports and social sciences, and natural science courses that do not require AS/A level Mathematics.

Future Pathways:

Core Mathematics has been designed to maintain and develop real-life mathematical skills. What students study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis, whether in work, study or life. It includes a financial mathematics element and will  help with other A level subjects, in particular with science, geography, business studies, economics and psychology. Mathematical skills are becoming increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education - studying Core Mathematics will help students to keep up these essential skills.

Course Leader

Mr Lewis

Examination Board

AQA

Paper 1: Statistics, Finance and Fermi Estimation

Paper 2C: Graphical Techniques

Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes and 90 marks.

Preliminary material is released a couple of months before the exam, and will be studied in class

Entry Requirement

Grade 4+ Mathematics GCSE

Hegarty

Each student has an online login for Hegarty, which is an online platform containing lots of videos,  summary notes and practice questions. Some of the homework will be set through this platform.

Required Course Materials

Calculator – Casio FX-83GT - This is the standard GCSE calculator

SUBJECT SPECIFIC PRESENTATIONS AND HOLIDAY TASKS

Please click the below link to take you to a page listing subject presentations and summer holiday tasks for Year 11 students entering V6 Sixth Form in September.

V6 Holiday Tasks