LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 98% IN 2019
When enrolled on this course you can expect to tackle increasingly challenging problems in which you will need to solve. This involves much deeper thinking and creativity than experienced at GCSE, as the solution to many questions will not be immediately obvious. As mathematicians like thinking hard!
By working out how to solve complex problems, or to represent real situations mathematically, you will develop important, valuable intellectual abilities. For example, modelling real situations mathematically is a significant feature of the A Level Mathematics course. This will require you to think creatively about a given situation and to extract information given in technical terms by reading a question very carefully indeed.
Content is taught through a mixture of formal lessons, homework assignments and the occasional online package. There is a wide range of extra materials available to help you through the ideas and methods you will meet.
The subject can be combined with most courses and can lead to almost any career.
“From calculus and mechanics to statistics, the world of Mathematics is both complex and fascinating. Although the course is fast paced and hard work, the teachers are very supportive and there are endless resources to aid you in your studies.”
Mathematics A Level Student
During the first year, we lay the foundations for each of the main strands of the subject:
In Pure Maths, these include:
- Algebra and Algebraic Graphs/Geometry
- Logarithms and Exponentials
In Mechanics the topics are:
In Statistics we look at:
- Descriptive Statistics and Interpretation
Year 2 is largely an extension of the ideas and methods met in year 1, widening the range of techniques that can be used in each area and increasing the level of complexity of problem that can be tackled.
Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language or Literature. Minimum grade 6 in Mathematics.
Is there a big jump from GCSE?
Yes there is, though most of our students who work hard do make the transition eventually. You will need a lot of grit and determination, as you will get stuck much more often than at GCSE – but with persistence and a lot of help from time to time, you will usually learn a lot from these experiences.
Do I need a new calculator?
You will eventually need at least an Advanced Scientific Calculator, but there is no need to purchase one for the start of the course. We will advise on some suitable models towards the end of the first term.
Studying A Level Maths exposes you to a whole new set of concepts and methods, which in turn, alter your perspective on problems and everyday life. Maths is very rewarding when you persist and suddenly crack the missing piece, and with further support sessions you are able to get that extra opinion and refining.
The College are very keen to enter you for competitions such as the UKMT, these are brilliant opportunities to test your thinking and a fun method of revising.
In all of your tests, everything you have learnt so far; is “fair game”. I feel having to revise now, thoroughly reduces the pressure for the future.
Kester Welch, Maths student