What is Maths?

Mathematics is the lifeblood of civilisation.

It is how we evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of ideas to help make better decisions. It is how we measure and analyse the world around us and also how we can speculate and predict things beyond our present knowledge. It provides you with the analytical and problem solving skills to tackle a whole host of challenges in a number of interesting fields. The work on mechanics supports the study of Physics and Engineering, while the Statistical units give an insight into research methods in the Biological and Social Sciences.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 7 from Maths

  • Assessment methods

    3 final 2 hour exams

  • Course duration:

    2 years

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • Exam board

    Edexcel

How you will study

Lessons involve phases of teacher led introduction to new ideas, practise and more reflective independent work.

We have regular low stakes assessment to provide feedback to students; so they can see what they have learnt and whether they need further study or support in other areas. There is time in lessons to review these assessments or to engage in extension work.

Regular homeworks are set to help prepare for assessments and we use a range of technology to support independent study. There are also 3 graded assessments during the year, to help students get a feel for what progress they have made in learning the content up to that point and to prepare them for the final exams.

Course content summary:

  • Pure Mathematics

    Paper 1 & 2 Assess the pure content including Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Functions, Vectors, Calculus and Numerical methods.

  • Mechanics & Statistics

    Paper 3 Assesses the applied content including Statistical representations, calculations and distributions alongside some work on Probability and Hypothesis testing, plus Forces and Kinematics.

What can I do after Xaverian?

Mathematicians take up jobs in computing as programmers, systems analysts, software engineers and consultants. Mathematicians become statisticians in government departments, market research, commerce and insurance companies. There are openings as teachers at all levels, and as researchers in Mathematics, Science and Technology.

There are opportunities in operations research, in cartography, architecture, astronomy, shipping and airlines. Mathematicians work as economists, in legal firms, in publishing, in advertising, in health care and in the armed services.

What else might you do?

  • We have a number of links and events with the University of Manchester and the Advanced Maths Support Programme. The area coordinator for Manchester is based at Xaverian College.

  • There are trips to guest lectures and events

What can I do after Xaverian?

Mathematicians take up jobs in computing as programmers, systems analysts, software engineers and consultants. Mathematicians become statisticians in government departments, market research, commerce and insurance companies. There are openings as teachers at all levels, and as researchers in Mathematics, Science and Technology.

There are opportunities in operations research, in cartography, architecture, astronomy, shipping and airlines. Mathematicians work as economists, in legal firms, in publishing, in advertising, in health care and in the armed services.

What else might you do?

  • We have a number of links and events with the University of Manchester and the Advanced Maths Support Programme. The area coordinator for Manchester is based at Xaverian College.

  • There are trips to guest lectures and events