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Mathematics A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

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. The core of the subject is Pure Maths, which takes the basic Maths topics you have done at GCSE and extends them to form the key ‘tool kit’ upon which all Maths is based. In addition to pure maths there are a number of optional modules to select from, including statistics, mechanics and decision maths.

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. 

Course content

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:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

Generally, a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade B and 3 grade C, including English and Maths, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis., , To study this course you will need a GCSE grade B in Maths (Higher Tier) and BB in Core and Additional Science or Bs in separate sciences.

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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. 

Future opportunities

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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.