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Mathematics AS/A-Level at Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre

Course description

What is Mathematics?

A level maths gives you transferable skills needed for the real world including logical and analytical skills as well asproblem solving. Our opinion is that mathematics gets more interesting the further you take it. At GCSE you built thefoundations so that you have the tools which will enable you to understand many interesting A-Level topics.

Why study Mathematics?

We believe Maths is worth studying for its own sake, but past students have found careers in commerce,administration, science, engineering and design - any sphere, in fact, is glad to have competent mathematicians. Manyof our students enter Higher Education, in many different subjects as well as those who choose to study Maths atdegree level. Some find employment directly after A Levels.

What makes a successful Mathematics student?

A good Maths student usually demonstrates a number of characteristics. A good level of mathematical ability is a mustbut also a willingness to have a go at something that may seem daunting at first is also the key. With perseverancemost problems can be solved and this sort of academic resilience will be the key to success in this subject.

Entry requirements

To study at Hellesdon High School Sixth Form you will need: SIX GCSEs A* - C Grades will enable you to study FOUR A/S Level courses.

We would advise that a Grade B at GCSE would be a good indicator of potential for A Level but we will discuss this with you. Equally we can discuss options for individuals who may fall short of the six higher grade entry requirements.

When applying for courses you should look to study subjects that:

  • a) You have a strong interest in (and enjoyment of)
  • b) You feel you are successful at
  • c) Your Yr11 teachers have highlighted you are good at.

It may also be useful to investigate university/employment websites if you have a particular interest in following a subject forward after Sixth Form.

Subject Specific

You should have done well at GCSE Maths; an A or B grade is normally expected. You must have an enthusiasm for thesubject, be competent with algebra and enjoy solving problems. You must be prepared to work hard - it is going to bea lot more difficult than GCSE Maths but it is immensely rewarding.

Future opportunities

On average people who have done A Level Maths earn 10% more than those who haven’t. Even those who don’t getthe top grades earn 8% more. Possible career paths include finance, computing, engineering, statistics and business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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