Mathematics GCE A Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College
Maths is about solving problems and is a challenging and rewarding subject which is highly regarded by employers and universities. Pure Maths provides methods involving algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry and calculus which can be used to solve problems in other branches of Maths. Applied Maths is divided into Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Maths. Mechanics is about statics, stationary bodies and kinematics, the motion of objects. Statistics is about data analysis and interpretation and Decision Maths is about solving problems often in a business context. This is a very versatile subject that goes well with any other. If you enjoy Mathematics and have strong algebraic skills then you can choose to study it for its own sake or to support your other subject choices.
AS Level (year one) You will study three units in year one. This will include two pure units, C1 and C2, and one applied unit, Statistics S1. A Level (year two) You will also study three units in year two. This will include two more pure units, C3 and C4, and one applied unit which can be Mechanics M1 or Decision D1.
You need to have studied GCSE Maths at the higher tier and achieved at least a grade B and have strong algebraic skills which will be assessed during induction.
You will sit the first pure unit, C1, exam in January and the second pure unit, C2, and the applied unit, S1, in June. All exams are 90 minutes and your final AS grade is based on the total mark for the three papers. In year 2 you will sit C3 and your second applied unit in January, and C4 the following June. Your A level grade is based on the total mark for all six papers. In addition to the external exams your progress will be monitored by internal tests throughout the year.
Students with a grade B at GCSE will be expected to do an extra course called Algebra and Graphs which is designed to give you a good grounding of the essential skills required for AS Level and is a qualification in its own right.
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