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Mathematics A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

Mathematics complements a whole range of other subjects and prepares students for further study and employment in many disciplines involving the use of Mathematics. You will gain knowledge of mathematical techniques that build on GCSE knowledge and develop problem solving and analytical thinking, skills which are desirable in numerous careers. If you have enjoyed your GCSE Mathematics, especially the algebra, trigonometry and problem-solving aspects, then you should consider Mathematics at A Level. 
 

Course content

Students are taught by well qualified teachers in a variety of ways including; example-led whole class teaching, individual work on exercises from text books or worksheets, paired or group work on matching activities or problem solving, watching video clips using online teaching resources, graphical calculators and computer software. A substantial amount of individual work is expected outside of lessons which should match the amount of contact time in class. 
 

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Maths Higher Tier B
  • Desirable: GCSE Maths at grade A or above

Assessment

The A Level Mathematics course will cover Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics in the first year.

All three areas are continued in the second year, building on knowledge from the first year and the A Level examinations will cover all of the material learnt at the end of the second year.

Financial information

Students need a scientific calculator: approx £8.

Future opportunities

A Level Mathematics provides a basis for subsequent quantitative work in a wide range of higher education courses and in employment. Some students go on to university to study Mathematics either as a single honours degree or in combination with another subject, for example business, science, engineering, computing, technology or humanities. Others seek employment or apprenticeships where an A Level Mathematics qualification is valued. 
 

Further information

Resources and Facilities

  • Suite of teaching rooms equipped with data projectors and interactive whiteboards.
  • Specialist maths software including access to My Maths and Integral web-based resources.
Extra-curricular Activities 
 
Extension activities are available to all Maths students by enrolling in the Maths Academy. Anyone wishing to pursue a Higher Education course in Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science or similar would benefit from attending the Maths Academy in addition to Mathematics lessons. 
 
The activities include: 
 
• Participation in the Senior Mathematics Challenge/Maths Olympiad
• An introduction to specialist Maths software (Matlab)
• Exploration of various enrichment topics such as Infinity, Group Theory, Probability Simulation and Fitting Curves to Data 
 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Web url: www.wsfc.ac.uk

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