MATHEMATICS

LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 99% IN 2018

This course is aimed at students who have a real passion for Maths and is suited to students with a strong background in the subject, those who particularly enjoy algebra and who love to be intellectually challenged- the harder the better! At the end of the two years you will receive a single A Level in Mathematics.

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

Two-thirds of the course is based on Pure Mathematics. The other third is split evenly between two compulsory Applied Mathematics areas – Statistics and Mechanics, and all students study both.

During the first year, we lay the foundations for each of the main strands of the subject:

In Pure Maths, these include:

  • Proof
  • Algebra and Algebraic Graphs/Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Logarithms and Exponentials
  • Trigonometry

In Mechanics the topics are:

  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics

In Statistics we look at:

  • Probability
  • 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 C/4 or above including Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, you will need at least a grade B/6 at GCSE 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.