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A Level: Mathematics at The City of Leicester College

Course description

For more information on the content of this course please contact the college

Course content

Over the two years, students will study a broad range of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.  There is also an option to take a single year AS course, which covers a reduced syllabus also across Pure and Applied mathematics covering both Mechanics and Statistics.  Students in their first year will cover the content of the AS course, which will give all students to option of taking the single year exams.


ØThe Pure Core content builds on students’ existing skills in Algebra and Trigonometry as well as introducing new topics, such as Calculus, which allows us to calculate the gradients of curved graphs, and applies this to rates of change of physical quantities. To succeed at this level students must be confident in using the Algebra met at GCSE Level, and also enjoy using it, as they will meet a lot of it!


ØMechanics involves the study of forces and their effects on moving objects. Topics include Newton’s laws of motion, friction and projectile motion. It is particularly  useful for students also studying Physics at Advanced Level or wishing to study Engineering in higher education.


ØStatistics includes further study of probability and measures of the average and spread of data. Topics include population sampling, data representation, probability and statistical distributions. Statistics has useful applications to Biology, Economics, Geography and Psychology.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 subjects five or more GCSE’s are required at grade C including Grade 5 in English Language. All students must continue with English if they have not achieved a Grade 4.

Students require at least a grade 6 at GCSE, although a grade 5 may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Students will need to be self motivated and show a high level of commitment to the subject.



For the A Level course, students take all exams in the summer of their final year.  The distribution of the pure and applied content across these papers is very clearly detailed, but varies between exam boards.


A level Mathematics is 100% exams and all exams are 2 hours.  All three papers have equal weight towards the final grade.


The AS course is similarly assessed, but across just two papers for a total examination time of 3 hours

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser or Teacher. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and financial sectors.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year