Mathematics A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College
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.
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.
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.
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.