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Mathematics A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

This course offers a natural progression from GCSE Maths.

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 often require Mathematics at A level.

Course content

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.

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
You will have the opportunity to attend a ‘Mathematics Inspiration’ road show, and you will also be able to take the UK Mathematics Challenge.
We also enter teams for the UK Maths Team Challenge and Pop Maths Quiz in Sheffield.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 Maths.

Minimum average GCSE score required 4.5.


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

Financial information

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 £80.

Future opportunities

This course could lead onto higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser, Business Analyst, Quantity Surveyor, Insurance Underwriter or Teacher.

Further information

For more information about this course, visit the Maths Department at one of our Open Evenings or speak to school / college careers staff.

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.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.