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Mathematics AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

Year 1 consists of 2 core modules and 1 application module (Statistics). Core topics include: algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, numerical methods and methods of proof.

The course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff. Teaching methods include exposition and practice sessions, together with some discussions, problem solving, investigations and practical work. Students are expected to do a substantial amount of revision and practice outside the classroom, and workshop support is available for all students.

Statistics application includes: probability, descriptive statistics, correlation and regression and probability distributions.

  • C1 Core (Pure) Mathematics
  • C2 Core (Pure) Mathematics
  • S1 Statistics

Year 2 consists of 2 core modules and 1 application module. Mechanics application includes: motion, collisions, forces, vectors, kinematics, dynamics and statics.

Decision application includes: sorting algorithms, route inspection, critical path analysis and linear programming.

  • C3 Core (Pure) Mathematics
  • C4 Core (Pure) Mathematics
  • M1/S1/D1 Mechanics or Statistics or Decision Mathematics

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics at grade A or A*/ point 7 and above; OR grade B/ point 6 and an average GCSE point score of 5.7 or above.
  • Pass the College's initial algebraic skills test


The course is assessed by a variety of written examinations in both the first and second year. There is no assessed ‘coursework’ element in any of these courses.

Financial information

There are no specific charges payable in connection with these courses, except for the purchase of a calculator if necessary.

Appropriate textbooks are provided on loan for the duration of the course, and practical equipment is made available as necessary. The College library is well stocked with Mathematics books, and students are encouraged to use IT resources as appropriate. Students are expected to provide their own scientific calculators.

Future opportunities

A-level Mathematics is accepted (with other subjects) as an appropriate qualification for entry to almost any career or degree course. The subject is particularly recommended for those intending to go on to study Mathematics, Engineering, Computing or the Physical Sciences.

Further information

Daily Maths workshops are on offer to students who need support to complete homework or request further challenge.

The Maths Challenge, STEP Maths and the Advanced Extension Award for Maths are supported by a weekly enrichment session. This class is aimed at students capable of achieving A* in Maths and/or Further Maths

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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