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Mathematics AQA A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities required: Mathematics

  • A commitment to hard work and independent study.
  • Good organisational skills and time management as homework tasks will be set most lessons.
  • The desire to be challenged and overcome problems.
  • Resilience to meeting new challenges.

If you are predicted an A* at GCSE and are considering studying Maths related courses beyond A-Level then you should consider studying Further Mathematics -see separate course information. 

Qualities required: Further Mathematics

  • A commitment to hard work.
  • Good organisational skills and time management as homework tasks will be set most lessons to practise important techniques before the next lesson.
  • The desire to be challenged and to overcome problems.



Course content

At AS Level you will be introduced to new areas of Mathematics as well as developing some of the skills and areas you have studied at GCSE Higher Level. 

Some of the new areas in Pure Mathematics are:

  • Calculus.
  • Trigonometry (not just in triangles)
  • Logarithms and Exponential.
  • Vectors.
  • Sequences and Series.
  • Geometry on a Coordinate grid.

All students also study Applied Mathematics in the areas of Mechanics and Statistics. Some of the content this covers is:

  • Statistical Sampling.
  • Data presentation and interpretation.
  • Probability.
  • Statistical Distributions.
  • Distance, velocity and acceleration (Kinematics)
  • Forces and Newton's Laws. 

At A-Level you will be assessed on all AS content and additional material that develops areas from AS in further detail.

You will be introduced to new areas of Pure and Applied Mathematics such as:

  • Numerical Methods.
  • Vector Equations of lines.
  • Moments.
  •  Statistical Hypothesis Testing. 

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry criteria:

GCSE graded 9-7 in Maths (students with a grade 6 will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to attend extra sessions).


AS and A-Level Mathematics are assessed through 100% examination.

AS assessment involves a total of 3 hours of examinations, probably in the form of 2 papers.

A-Level assessment involves a total of 6 hours of examinations, probably in the form of 3 papers. 

Financial information

What materials do I need to provide?

  • An A4 rin9 binder with dividers.
  • A scientific calculator.
  • A graphical calculator (optional).

Additional costs or specialists equipment required?

  • Graphical calculators will be a significant advantage in this course. It is recommended that pupils purchase one through school if they wish to.

Future opportunities

What can I do after this course?

  • You can take the problem solving skills you have developed into any new areas of study or the world of work.

Careers this course be useful for?

  • Science based careers
  • Statistician
  • Accountant
  • Financial Management
  • Engineering
  • Teacher. 

Further information

How much time will I spend on this course?

  • 10 hours per fortnight.

How many hours of self study will be required?

  • Roughly 5 hours per week.

Is there any choice of units in the course?

  • There is no optional element to AS or A Level Mathematics. All students will follow the same course and sit the same examinations at the end of the course.
  • Depending which exam board we decide on using, assessments may take slightly different forms. The decision on this will be made during the course of 2016-17. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.