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Use of Mathematics AS/A Level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Course description

At AS level, students will study three modules. The first of which, Algebra, is a continuation of GCSE algebra, but with the use of a graphical calculator for support and an element of real-life interpretation. Decision Mathematics is a popular module with students, and looks at different algorithms to solve problems such as finding the shortest path and organising tasks of a project. Data Analysis is an extremely useful module and focuses on representing and interpreting real-life data. The A2 Use of Mathematics course includes a coursework element, where students can apply the Mathematics they learned at AS to a real life scenario of their choice. There is also a module on Calculus, which looks at more sophisticated methods of solving real life problems than at AS. The final module is called ‘Mathematical Comprehension’ where students study pre-release material on a common real-life topic in preparation for the exam, which tests AS and A2 knowledge and understanding.

Entry requirements

Minimum expected entry requirements: 3 GCSE'S grade C, 2 GCSE'S grade B including Englsih and Maths. Some A Level sujects may require a B grade in either English, Maths or Science.

Assessment

AS:

 Written Paper: 3 x 1 hour (40marks) Weighting: 33 1/3% of total AS marks/16 2/3% of total A Level marks

•Algebra Exam

•Data Analysis Exam

•Decision Mathematics Exam

 A2:

Weighting: Each of the 3 elements worth 33 1/3 % of A2 (16 2/3% of total A Level marks) •Coursework Portfolio (2pieces) •Calculus Exam •Mathematical Comprehension exam

Future opportunities

A level Use of Mathematics carries the same UCAS points as the traditional A level Mathematics. Universities will accept the Use of Mathematics A level as part of a grade offer (depending on the course you choose).It is particularly suitable to support other subjects (Business Studies, Biology, Psychology etc).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 July 2016
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