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  • Preparing for A-Level Maths

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    Welcome to A-Level Maths!


    Your Maths Team:

    • Ian McLean - Head of Maths
    • Tom Harrison - Tutor
    • Priya Suresh - Tutor


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    We are all very qualified and passionate about teaching maths. We love the challenges and excitement each new year brings. I am sure you all have a lot of excitement as well as anticipation when thinking about moving up to A Level Maths next year, particularly with the current Covid-19 climate and predicted grades. But don't worry, we're here to help and make sure you make a nice smooth transition from year 11 to college.  Ian. 


    If you have any questions about the course or anything to do with college life, please email heretohelp@eastcoast.ac.uk

  • ABOUT THE COURSE

    A Level Maths is a demanding and challenging subject but is extremely rewarding if you are prepared to put in time and effort. As I'm sure you know, Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science, technology and many other areas and Maths qualifications can lead to excellent future careers. In fact, there continues to be a national shortage of qualified mathematicians and so this course will give you a competitive edge with future employers. You will study a combination of Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. The pure maths topics include algebra, co-ordinate geometry, polynomials, trigonometry, calculus, differentiation and integration techniques, partial fractions, vectors and differential equations. This two year linear course has all of the exams at the end of the second year where students sit three papers that are roughly 2 hours long each.


    WHAT TOPICS WILL YOU BE STUDYING & WHAT TEXTBOOK ARE WE USING?












    WHAT EXAMS WILL YOU BE SITTING?


    All your exams for A Level Maths will be at the end of the second year:





    WHAT STATIONERY & EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED FOR A-LEVEL MATHS?


    You will need to make sure you have some lined paper (ideally a notepad), some pens, pencils, a rubber and a ruler. You also may wish to have a folder to store notes in. Finally you will need the Casio fx991ex Class Wiz calculator (about £20) as this is required for the exam.





    • SUMMER PROJECT

      The summer project is something we ask all students to complete for each of their subjects over the summer.  You then either email a pdf copy to your teacher or just bring a hard copy with you to your first maths lesson in September 2020. Completing this project with improve some of your algebra and problem solving skills and will also demonstrate to your teachers that you are organised, committed to the course and that you're ready for the year ahead.

    • Y11 TO A-LEVEL TRANSITION MATERIALS

      With the sudden closure of schools due to Covid 19, it is likely that many of you will be feeling a little underprepared for A Levels. Not to fear, we will be adding resources to this section to help you revise and practise everything you have learnt at GCSE. We strongly recommend you complete all the resources we add to this section as most of the content in these resources will be needed for A Level Maths.

    • OTHER INTERESTING STUFF...

      In this section, I will be adding some maths related resources that you may want to check out. These are not essential for the A Level Maths course, however it's always good to see what else is going on in the world of mathematics.