# Mathematics AS/A Level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College

## Course description

Mathematics develops your problem solving and logical thinking skills – essential for a career in the 21st Century.

Course Content

Hartlepool Sixth Form College offers a choice of courses in Mathematics at AS and A-level to best suit the needs of the subjects you are studying and your interests in Mathematics. To study a course in AS Mathematics, you need to have at least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics and have a good knowledge of higher tier GCSE.

In your first year of study you will study AS Mathematics. You will take three modules, comprising of two compulsory core modules and one applied module.

The core modules take what you have learnt at GCSE and extend it a little further, together with introducing topics which will be new to you. Topics covered in core mathematics include algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus to give you a good foundation in the four main areas of Mathematics.

Then you have the choice to study one of two applied modules – Probability and Statistics or Mechanics.

- Probability and Statistics is about the understanding, analysis and interpretation of data. This module is particularly useful for students studying Biology, Geography and Psychology.

- Mechanics is the study of the forces on a body and its subsequent motion or equilibrium. This module is particularly useful for students studying Physics and those interested in Engineering.

In your second year, you will take another two compulsory core modules building upon the work you have covered at AS Level as well as a further applied module (Decision Mathematics).

- Decision Mathematics looks at the analysis of networks using algorithms. This module is particularly useful for students studying Business and Computing.

If you are good at Mathematics; why not consider studying Further Mathematics? If you choose to study Further Mathematics, you will cover all of the applied modules mentioned above as well as some extra modules in Mechanics and Statistics, developing your understanding of these branches of Mathematics further.

AS Mathematics includes the following modules:

*Core Mathematics 1*

*Core Mathematics 2*

One of either *“Probability & Statistics 1”* or *“Mechanics 1”*.

If you also study Further Mathematics then you must study Probability & Statistics within AS Mathematics.

A2 Mathematics includes the following modules:

*Core Mathematics 3*

*Core Mathematics 4*

*Decision Mathematics 1*

## Entry requirements

It is recommended for students who have at least a grade B at GCSE

## Assessment

**AS:**

Written Paper: 3 x 1 hour 30 minute papers (72marks) Weighting: 331/3% of total AS marks/16 2/3% of total A Level marks •Core1Exam

•Core2Exam

•Probability&Statistics1Exam

**A2:**

Written Paper: 3 x 1 hour 30 minute papers (72 marks each) Weighting: 33 1/3% of total AS marks/16 2/3% of total A Level marks

•Core 3 Exam

•Core4Exam

•DecisionMathematics1Exam

## Future opportunities

Mathematics is a requirement on most Science courses, but an A level in Mathematics could lead to the study of the following at University:

•Mathematics (Some universities also require Further*Mathematics)

•Engineering (Maths is a requirement for all types)

•Economics

•BusinessStudies

•Accounting

A degree in Mathematics can lead to a career in almost any sector ,except those that require specific training e.g.medicine with popular career choices being:

•Statistician

•Accountant

•Actuary

•Operational research

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hartlepool Sixth Form College directly.