Mathematics A Level at Sheffield College
About the course
Mathematics (from the Greek μάθημα (máthēma) — meaning knowledge, study, learning) is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change. The mathematician Benjamin Peirce called mathematics "the science that draws necessary conclusions" and that is exactly what you’ll do in an A Level Mathematics course.
In your first year you will take two core modules which build a strong platform of core skills including algebra, calculus, trigonometry and curve sketching that can then be applied to a variety of challenging problems as well as modelling real life situations. You also study one applied module of either Mechanics (the mathematics of physics), Statistics (linking data to likely outcomes) or Decision mathematics (optimizing networks, simulation problems). Together, these three modules form AS Mathematics.
In your second year, you complete a further two core modules which build upon the foundations laid in the first year and one more applied module. These six modules in total are combined to form A2 Mathematics.
Will this subject suit me?
You need to have a keen interest in the subject and a good background in algebra. You will enjoy dealing with abstract concepts and the challenge of tackling concepts and difficult questions which require all the knowledge you’ve amassed.
Personal study time
A Level students are expected to devote as many hours outside of college to their studies as they are given in lessons. Homework will be set regularly, but students are also expected to undertake self-directed study, this is necessary to ensure the underpinning of knowledge is learnt and understood; ensuring further concepts are more easily grasped.
What students say about this subject
I like the teaching methods of the course.
Good student support
The teachers are easy to talk to
It is fun
I really liked the Maths Inspiration trip
Interesting & Challenging
To study 3 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths
Additional Requirements: GCSE grade 6-9 in Maths
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.
Learner Support Fund
If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Where can it lead?
Many students go on to university to take subjects with mathematical content, such as; Mathematical Studies, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or Medicine.
Mathematicians are highly sought after in many fields including financial services, engineering, medicine, insurance, aerospace, construction, education and consultancies.
How to apply
School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school. Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600 or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk
Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.
Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:
- Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.