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Mathematics A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level Maths and Further Maths are exciting, interesting and challenging subjects. The aim is to develop your understanding of maths and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. You will extend your maths skills and techniques and be able to recognise how a real-life situation may be represented mathematically. You will develop skills in reasoning, logic, evaluation, comprehension and problem solving.

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE Maths at grade B or above to study A Level Maths.
You will need GCSE Maths at grade A to study A Level Further Maths.

Assessment

Learning and assessment

The knowledge, understanding and skills required for all mathematics specifications are contained in the subject core. The units Core 1, Core 2, Core 3 and Core 4 comprise this core material.

In AS, you will extend your knowledge of core maths, studying content in algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, vectors and will be introduced to calculus, exponential and logarithms. You will also study an Applied Maths unit in Statistics or Mechanics - which unit will depend upon your individual programme of study. For A2, you will continue many of the AS Core Maths topics to a deeper level of understanding. Applied unit options include Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics.

There are 3 unit exams at the end of the AS year and 3 unit exams at the end of the A2 year. All unit exams have an equal weighting and account for 100% of the final grade.

Each exam is 1 hour 30 minutes long.

Future opportunities

Maths graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. Mathematicians enter a very wide range of career areas ranging from Aerospace and Defence to Finance. Studying maths provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning.

A Level Maths and Further Maths are highly regarded within higher education. The Russell Group of leading UK universities has published Informed Choices, a guide to post-16 subject choices, which listed both A Level Maths and Further Maths as facilitating subjects.

Previous students went onto study a variety of subjects ranging from economics to medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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