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Maths AS/A Level at New College Durham

Course description

The aim is to develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment.  It will enable you to recognise how a real-life situation may be represented mathematically and acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computer software packages effectively to solve mathematical problems. Full-time students study this subject in combination with other AS/A Levels or GCSEs.  You will study AS in the first year.  A2, taken in the second year, makes up the full A Level qualification. Textbooks are provided for class use and personal study.  For AS and A2 we use the Heinemann Modular Mathematics for Edexcel AS and A Level range of textbooks. 

Course content

In AS you will extend your knowledge of Core Maths from GCSE, studying such topics as solving equations, curve sketching, coordinate geometry, trigonometry and calculus.  You will also study an Applied Maths unit in Statistics which includes topics such as methods of summarising data, understanding the laws of probability and probability distributions. For A2, you will continue many of the AS Core Maths topics to a deeper level of understanding.  As an Applied Maths unit, you will study Mechanics.  Mechanics is the mathematics of Physics involving the study of forces, dynamics and statics.  The AS Level course consists of three units over one year, two in Core Maths (C1 & C2) and one in Statistics (S1).  These are each assessed by 1½  hour exams. The A2 Level is assessed by combining the results of the three AS units with a further three A2 units.  These must consist of two Core Maths (C3 & C4) along with Mechanics (M1).  The examinations for these units are also 1½ hours each.  Normally homework will be given every week.  These will be formal assignments, which will be marked and returned to you.  However, you will in addition, be required to complete further exercises.

Entry requirements

School leavers should have at least 5 grade A*-Cs at GCSE.  This must include grade Bs in Maths, English and core and additional Science (BB) or 2 separate sciences (Biology/Chemistry/Physics). 

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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