A Level

Course Entry Requirements

Three A* – C grades at GCSE, plus a grade 5/C in GCSE English Language, and a grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics.

When you enrol on the course, we also ask you to tell us which tier you did at GCSE, Foundation or Higher.  This is so we can give you the best possible support during the first part of the course.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

Over the two years, you will study a variety of mathematical topics. They will be similar to those that you have seen at GCSE, but developed further. They are from three areas in mathematics:

  1. Pure Mathematics (eg Proof, Algebra and Functions, Trigonometry, Differentiation, Integration)
  2. Mechanics (eg Vectors, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws, Moments)
  3. Statistics (eg Statistical Sampling, Data Presentation and Interpretation, Probability)

What skills do I need?

  • Good time management – punctuality to lessons is important and also getting into good routines of doing homework so that it is handed in on time.
  • Determination and persistence – there will be times when you are likely to find it difficult and it might take more time than you’re used to for a full understanding.
  • Initiative – if you’re stuck, come and find someone in the Maths department for some help.  We’re always happy to!

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Why should I study this course?

Maths is one of the most useful courses to study, because most jobs and university courses involve Maths in some way!  Even if it’s not the exact Maths that you will learn on this course, employers and university lecturers know that you will have the ability to look at problems and challenges and find solutions.

How is the course assessed?

At the end of the course, there are three written papers, each two hours long. Each paper counts for one-third of the A-level, and assesses the following:

Paper 1 – topics in Pure Mathematics

Paper 2 – topics in Pure Mathematics and in Mechanics

Paper 3 – topics in Pure Mathematics and in Statistics

What will this course prepare me for?

This space isn’t big enough to include all of the possibilities for what you could use the Maths qualification for!  As mentioned above, employers and universities love the fact that if someone has done Maths, they will be taking on someone who has good problem-solving skills: this means that they can analyse problems, choose the information correctly that they need to answer a problem and then put together a solution in a logical way.

Lots of university degrees have Maths content in them without saying ‘Maths’ in the title: all types of Engineering, all of the Sciences, Psychology and other Social Sciences, all Business and Economics courses, Sports Science, Nursing, all types of Information Technology….. They all have Maths involved in some way!

Private Study

As with other A Level courses in College, the expectation in Maths is that you would do 3-4 hours of Maths study per week in your own time.  Homework is set on a weekly basis and is marked really promptly, so that you always have a good understanding of your progress on the course.

We use weekly homework sheets that we have designed and produced ourselves.  These make it easy for you to keep up to date with your work and also make it easy for you to look back at and learn from work that you have done previously.

What materials will I need to provide?

You will require the basic standard stationery items: a pen, pencil, ruler, paper and a folder to file your work.  You might have your own scientific calculator that you may want to use, but we’re happy to provide them at College if you haven’t.  We will teach you how to use a graphical calculator (Casio FX 9750 G II) which you may wish to purchase.

How will I be taught?

You will have 5 hours of Maths on your timetable.  The lessons have a lot of creative ideas in them and there is a really good mixture of individual work, paired work and group work.  We want the lessons to be really interesting and varied. We will allocate you a textbook to help your studies.

The students themselves tell us that they really enjoy the lessons: they say that the lessons are interesting and useful and that the teaching helps them make really good progress.  They also say that the Maths staff are also really supportive by putting on extra revision sessions and twice weekly workshops.

A Level Maths is for you if:

…if you are interested in Maths or if you simply enjoy it!  If you have an interest in progressing onto university on any of the courses listed above, then Maths will either be a ‘must have it requirement’ or ‘would be useful if they had it’.

A Level Maths is not for you if:

…you are not prepared to persist, if you reach a point where you find the course difficult.