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Maths A-Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

Mathematics is a stimulating and challenging subject which is very highly regarded at Advanced Level.  Both employers and universities are keen to take you if you have successfully completed Year 12 or Year 13 Mathematics.  The Year 12 course builds upon all GCSE work but particularly algebra.  Within the Year 13 course, algebra is studied to a much greater depth and there is also the opportunity to study either Mechanics or Statistics.


The course encourages students to understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study. There are 3 overall themes throughout the course: proof, problem-solving and modelling.

Course content

This course will cover:
• Algebra
• Functions
• Coordinate geometry
• Sequences & series
• Trigonometry
• Exponentials & logarithms • numerical methods
• Calculus
• Statistics & probability
• Vectors
• Mechanics including kinematics, forces

and newton’s laws, and moments

Entry requirements

Level 4 English Language and Level 6 Maths



Assessment is by examination.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of careers and Higher Education courses. Examples include accountancy, law, teaching, engineering, IT, medicine, mathematics and computing.

Further information

What skills do I need?

  • Strong algebraic skills
  • Familiarity with topics covered at higher Level GCSE
  • A willingness to solve problems.


How will I be taught?
The subject will usually be taught by one teacher using a variety of methods, including individual and group work as well as use of computers. Learning will be reinforced by the completion of practice exercises.

Private Study
As an approximate guideline Year 12 subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; Year 13 subjects four to five hours each and GCSE subjects two hours each.

Additional Support
Students requiring additional support may be asked to attend a Maths support period for a number of weeks to consolidate their learning. There are several support periods available during the week at drop-in sessions.

What materials will I need to purchase?
A graphical calculator will be needed for this course and students will be able to purchase them at a discounted rate in September.

Examining Board

Maths is for you if: You are very confident working with algebra and enjoy complex multi-stage problems.

Maths is not for you if: You panic or give up if you encounter unusual problems you’ve not seen before.

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: 06 October 2017
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