Mathematics

Level 3

Qualification: A Level

Duration: 2 years

What will I study?

In the first year you will study topics in both Pure and Applied Mathematics.

Pure Mathematics includes algebra, trigonometry, sequences and series and calculus (differentiation and integration). You will also learn how to use a graphical calculator effectively to enhance your problem solving skills.

In the first year the Applied Mathematics covers topics in both Mechanics and Statistics. In Mechanics topics include vectors, kinematics. In Statistics topics will include probability distributions, correlation and regression.

In the second year you will continue to study topics in both Pure and Applied Mathematics including logarithms calculus and trigonometry. In Mechanics you will study dynamics and momentum. In Statistics you will analyse a large data set issued by the examination board, this will involve using a computer and specialist software such as Excel and Autograph.

Support is also provided for students preparing to take STEP or AEA papers for entry to university.

Study Visits

Students will be able to enter the UK Maths Challenge. We also enter teams for the UK Maths Team Challenge and Pop Maths Quiz in Sheffield.

Cost

A graphical calculator is essential; the purchase of a suitable model with the required probability distributions will be organised through the Mathematics department at a discounted rate of approximately £67.

Assessment

You will sit three 2 hour examinations at the end of year 2.

Entry Criteria

Minimum average GCSE score required 4.5.  Grade 6 Maths.

Useful Supporting Courses

Important support for Physics, other sciences and engineering. The statistical elements also provide valuable support for Geography, Psychology and Sociology. University courses in Computing and Economics usually require Mathematics at A level.

Careers

Engineer, Business Analyst, Quantity Surveyor, Insurance Underwriter.

Culture Vulture

Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

Maths Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

Maths Welcome

A Level Maths Flying Start 2021

 

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

Mathematics Course Overview