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Mathematics A level at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Without mathematicians, modern society wouldn't exist - imagine a world with no science, no engineering, no medicine, no architecture... Maths is an excellent training for the mind requiring precise and accurate work, clear logical thought and problem solving skills.

The course starts by brushing up your algebra skills with indices, surds and quadratic equations. In lessons you will learn a lot of new mathematics as well as effective study skills and how to work in groups.

Students are able to enter for the Senior and Senior Team Maths Challenge*.  There are also opportunities to attend lectures and other activities arranged by the Further Mathematics Network in Cambridge.

You will enjoy and benefit from Mathematics if you:

  • enjoy the challenge of thinking logically;
  • prefer abstract concepts to real world applications;
  • want to become fluent with your algebra skills;
  • plan to study a course at university which will have a mathematical component.

Course content

Year 1

You will study the following topics from Pure Maths: proof, algebra, graphs, Binomial expansions, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors.

You will additionally study topics from both Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics includes working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, simple probability calculations, using the binomial distribution as a model and statistical hypothesis testing. Mechanics includes kinematics in 1 dimension, working with forces and Newton’s laws.

Year 2

In the second year you will study the following topics from Pure Maths: proof, algebra, graphs, sequences, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors. You will also continue the study of Statistics, developing the work on data analysis, probability calculations, Binomial and Normal distribution models and statistical hypothesis testing. In Mechanics, further topics include kinematics, motion under gravity, working with forces including friction, Newton’s laws and simple moments.

Assessment is entirely by examination at the of Year 2.

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including English. You need at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

Future opportunities

The study of Mathematics at this level can lead to a range of further studies and possible careers including Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Electronics, Architecture and other science subjects. If you want to study Mathematics at university, you may also need to take Further Maths. The subject also plays an important role in Economics, Business and Social Sciences, although entry to many of these courses would generally not require Mathematics A level.

Students who completed their courses with us in 2017 (and did not take Further Maths) are studying, for example, Maths with Industrial Placement at the University of Derby, Investment and Financial Risk Management at City, University of London, Economics and Accounting with Professional Development at Brunel University and Property Development and Planning at Nottingham Trent.


Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 18th and 19th October 5-9pm.

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: 05 October 2017
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