Mathematics at Colmers School and Sixth Form College
In Year 12 you study for the AS level. This will consist of one unit based on Pure Mathematics and one unit covering Mechanics and Statistics.
In Year 13 you study for the full A Level taking three more units. This will consist of two more units of Pure Mathematics plus one more unit of Mechanics and Statistics.
Is this for you?
Honesty is always the best policy! A level Mathematics is a demanding course. It requires you not only to have a good ability with Mathematics but you also will need plenty of self-discipline, determination and the “never give up” attitude! The good news is that you will get all the support and encouragement you need to succeed.
In order to take AS Mathematics you need a grade at least a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.
AS: You will sit Pure 1 and 2 plus the mechanics and Statistics unit in June of Year 12. Each paper lasts one and half hours. You will study;
These deal with the theory of the subject and take many topics you have already studied one step further. You will meet topics based on algebra, sequences, trigonometry and many more.
Mechanics may be of particular interest if you enjoyed physics at GCSE. Here you will study how and why things move, gravity and energy. You meet Newton’s famous laws of motion.
Many of the ideas here you have met before. Probability, representation of data and the special distributions make up this unit. It builds on GCSE Statistics, taking it further and demonstrating how it can be used in real life situations.
A2: In Year 13 you will study another three units. The two Pure units build on those you met in Year 12 whilst you take one more unit on Mechanics and Statistics.
Having an A level in mathematics opens many doors! Our country has a real shortage of people who are confident and able with their mathematics. You will be in a minority and very attractive to future employers. Research shows that students who have studied mathematics at University earn more than other students! The same increased earnings is also the case for students who study mathematics at A level, who on average earn 8% more than their peers who didn’t study maths.
Being so close to Birmingham University enables us to take part in many of their special maths days for A level students.
No particular reading needed for the course but there will be a booklet to work through over the summer holidays! I would also encourage you to start to look into what sort of jobs make use of high level maths. Visit www.mathscareers.org.uk for lots of interesting careers that make use of mathematics. You could end up working for the Bank of England or for the Ministry of Defence, you’ll be amazed at where maths might take you.
What do other students study with this subject?
Subjects that go well with mathematics are any of the sciences and associated subjects. They all link together and support each other. In particular Biology students find a lot of the material is repeated in Statistics, thus cutting down on the work load and enhancing understanding. Psychology and geography students are often surprised by the amount of statistics in their course, so the statistics unit in their maths course is a big help to them.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colmers School and Sixth Form College directly.