What's On The Course?
The core of the subject is Pure Maths (or Core Maths). This takes the basic Maths topics from GCSE, particularly the study of number, algebra, graphs and trigonometry and extends them to form the key 'tool kit' upon which all Maths is based. This includes Calculus, the Mathematics of growth and change which has many applications in all aspects of the subject.
In addition to Pure Maths there are a number of optional modules to select from, including:
Why study Maths?
- Statistics, which is the Mathematics of data or information and extends many ideas such as averages, standard deviation and probability.
- Mechanics, which is the study of forces and the movement of objects and has many applications in the sciences, particularly physics and engineering.
- Decision Maths, which has its applications in computing and business studies and is the study of the way in which problems may be modelled mathematically in order to be solved using computers or in business applications.
Mathematics is a fascinating and rewarding area of study and students work in an atmosphere that is both challenging and supportive. Members of the Maths team use a variety of teaching strategies including ILT to ensure that the experience of students is both satisfying and rewarding. In addition there is an extensive support programme designed to provide extended opportunities for successful and timely help for those who need it.
Knowledge of maths is fundamental to many areas of higher education and is a national shortage subject. Mathematics complements studies in many areas such as the sciences, finance, economics and business, computer studies or engineering.
In virtually all areas of the science industry and commerce Mathematics plays a key role. Examples include hospitals, city councils, high technology, manufacturing to name a few. In fact it is in pretty much any area you can think of. What else can you do on the course?
We try to make your learning as relevant as possible by including visits to exhibitions and employers where you can see the real-world application of your subject. What the students say
"Maths was my strongest subject at school and I took my GCSE exam early in Year 11. I definitely wanted to study it at college and I've really enjoyed algebra and equations during the course. It's hard work but you get extra support as and when you need it through workshops and from your tutor." - Leanne Spooner, King's Grove High SchoolPass Rates
In 2011 the pass rate for A2 Maths was 100% with 76% of students achieving grades A*-C.
In 2010 the pass rate for A2 Maths was 96% with 76% of students achieving grades A*-C.
Who Is It Suitable For?
To do well on this A-level course you should feel confident with algebra, enjoy working systematically and be interested in understanding the reasoning behind mathematical rules.
What Are The Entry Requirements?
The Academic Advanced Programme (4AS-Levels) minimum entry requirement is five GCSEs (2Bs, 3Cs) including English Language/Literature and Maths.
The Advance Dual Programme (3 AS-Levels + 1 BTEC L3 Certificate) minimum entry requirement is five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including a C in English Language/Literature and D in Maths (to be re-sat in your first year).
For Maths you will need grade B in GCSE Mathematics and BB in Core and Additional Science or Bs in separate sciences.
What Other Subjects Can I Study With This Course?
Many students opt to take Maths along with other science A-Levels, as there are many areas where these subjects overlap. The same is also true for courses like Economics and Psychology which make regular use of statistics.
If you are really into your Maths, why not consider taking Further Maths A-Level as well?.
What Can I Do Next?
Most of our A-Level students also go on to study at top Universities. An increasing number study for a degree in Maths (either on its own or part of a joint degree) while others use their A-Level Maths qualification as an entry to a wide range of degree subjects.
What If I Need Support?
The College provides a range of learning support for students who would like extra help with their studies. If you need help in deciding what to study or information on travel, finance, childcare, personal or health concerns, contact the Information Centre
How Do I Apply?