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Mathematics A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

It is vital that we are able to understand mathematical ideas before we can start to apply them in the real world. A Level Mathematics will help you to do this. At A Level, Mathematics is far more algebraic than at GCSE so you will need a firm understanding of GCSE Algebra.

You will study a combination of pure mathematics, statistics, mechanics or decision mathematics. Students will be able to choose which mathematics topics they develop in the second year from a range of options. The pure Mathematics topics include algebra, co-ordinate geometry, polynomials, trigonometry, differentiation and integration techniques, partial fractions, vectors and differential equations.

Course content

Core 1: Extension of GCSE Maths and Further Maths algebra and differentiation
Core 2: Extension of Core 1 algebra and the introduction to integration, logarithms and trigonometry
Core 3: Extension of calculus, logarithms and trigonometry
Core 4: Extension of integration and introduction to new coordinate systems
Statistics 1: A more analytical approach to GCSE Statistics along with probability theory Plus a choice of either:
Mechanics 1: Using mathematical modelling to solve real world problems
Decision 1: Using mathematical modelling to solve logistical problems

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in English Language as well as Maths at grade B or above.


All units assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute exam at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2.

Future opportunities

Every year a group of students attend the Mathematics Inspirations lecturers in Manchester. There is also a Maths Club which gives you the opportunity to improve your problem solving skills and to enter ‘The Senior Team Mathematics Challenge’. This club also gives you the chance to stretch your mathematics beyond the curriculum, bridging the gap between A Level and Degree Level.

We have an excellent track record of helping students progress to the best universities to study Mathematics further, including the University of Oxford.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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