GCE Mathematics (2018)
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The CCEA GCE Mathematics specification encourages students to extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques. They use their mathematical knowledge to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning.
Students draw diagrams and sketch graphs to help explore mathematical situations and interpret solutions.
Students investigate algebra and functions, geometry, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation and vectors. They also examine quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability and statistical distributions.
Studying mathematics develops students’ analytical, research and problem-solving skills. It provides a firm foundation for scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical careers. It gives students the knowledge and logic they need to solve scientific, mechanical and coding problems.
This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.
The specification has four units:
- Unit AS 1: Pure Mathematics
- Unit AS 2: Applied Mathematics
- Unit A2 1: Pure Mathematics
- Unit A2 2: Applied Mathematics.
Skills developed through our GCE Mathematics
This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.
Students develop the ability to:
- use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems that require them to decide on the solution strategy;
- recognise when they can use mathematics to analyse and solve a problem in context;
- represent situations mathematically and understand the relationship between problems in context and mathematical models that they may apply to solve these;
- use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, and recognise when such use may be inappropriate;
- make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions by using mathematical reasoning; and
- interpret solutions and communicate their interpretation effectively in the context of the problem.
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