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Mathematics A-Level at Sowerby Bridge High School

Course description

This is a modular course, in other words it is taught in ‘blocks’ that are assessed separately by examination before continuing to the next. Once a number of units have been passed successfully an AS or A level qualification can be awarded. There are units in Core Maths, Mechanics and Statistics.

In Year 12 you will study three AS units (two Core and one Mechanics). In Year 13 you will study three A2 units (two more Core units plus another Mechanics module or a Statistics module). An AS is awarded once three units have been passed successfully and for an A level you will need to pass all six.
Core Maths is the backbone of Mathematics where you study number, algebra, geometry, calculus and vectors. Many of the questions posed relate to problems in the real world, such as finance calculations.
In Mechanics you really put your skills into context by studying the motion of moving objects - you will find out why your stomach feels strange when you ride in a lift and why an aircraft remains in the air.In Statistics you do a lot more than draw bar charts. You learn to analyse quite complex everyday problems. You will find out how a clothing manufacturer predicts the numbers of each size to produce.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes A*-C or equivalent in 3 or more subject areas (including a minimum B grade in English).

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses.With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser or Teacher.The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and financial sectors.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your careers adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sowerby Bridge High School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year


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    • Sowerby Bridge High School Sixth Form is a vibrant and caring community of 150 students.  Although their interests and abilities vary, they all share our vision to achieve, succeed and believe as well as aim high and realise their potential.  Our aim is to offer the most appropriate curriculum to best meet their needs and career aspirations.  We are particularly proud of the success in placing our pupils in higher education and   employment.  The 2010 Post-16 results are the best in the school’s history and this success continued in to 2011 showing a significant improvement on previous years.  We aim to continue with this high level of achievement.