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Mathematics A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

AS Mathematics consists of three modules – two core modules and one applied

  • Core mathematics builds on a student’s existing skills in algebra and trigonometry as well as introducing new topics, particularly calculus. To succeed at this level a student must be confident in using algebraic techniques learned in the higher GCSE mathematics course as well as enjoying using algebra as this is a major element of the course.
  • The applied module studied in the AS course is Decision Mathematics. It involves using algorithms to find efficient solutions to mathematical problems. Topics include solving network problems and linear programming. It has many useful applications to Computing and Business Studies.

A2 Mathematics also consists of three modules – two core modules and a choice from the two applied modules, Mechanics and Probability & Statistics.

  • Core Mathematics in the second year develops the algebra, trigonometry and calculus skills learned in the AS course and includes further new topics such as vectors.
  • Mechanics involves the study of forces and their effects on moving objects. It is a useful choice for students also studying Physics at Advanced Level or wishing to study Engineering in higher education.
  • Probability & Statistics develops a deeper understanding of probability and covers methods for summarizing and analyzing data. Statistics has useful applications to Biology, Economics, Geography and Psychology.

Course content

First Year

  • Core Maths 1
  • Core Maths 2
  • Decision Maths 1
Second Year
  • Core Maths 3
  • Core Maths 4
  • Mechanics 1 or Probability & Statistics 1
How it is taught

Most lessons involve an introduction to new concepts and skills, working through example solutions, practicing techniques as well as a range of other activities. Students are expected to practice skills learned in class outside of lessons and homework tasks are set on a regular basis.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

The minimum entry requirement is a grade B in GCSE Mathematics, however, the majority of students choosing AS Mathematics usually have a grade A and A*. You should also have very good algebra skills as algebra forms the basis of the course.

Assessment

  • For the AS course students sit an exam in each module in the summer.
  • For A2, a further three exams, one in each module, are taken in the summer of the second year. There is also an opportunity to re-sit AS modules at this time.
  • Each module exam lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes. Each examination carries an equal weight towards the final grade.

Future opportunities

We have a number of students who go to university to study Mathematics but many also study Engineering, Computing and the Sciences.

Mathematics students often gain employment in the financial services industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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