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Maths A Level at Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College

Course description

This is one of the most demanding, yet rewarding subjects in the post 16 curriculum. Students who have a good qualifications in post-16 mathematics go on to have jobs which earn up to £20 000 a year more than students who do not have equivalent qualifications. A-level Maths provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-level Maths make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas. If you enjoy GCSE Mathematics and you wish to develop your ability to reason logically then A Level Mathematics could be the topic for you.

Course content

All students will be assessed on their knowledge of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. The assessment objectives include a greater emphasis on modelling, problem-solving and reasoning, so some questions are likely to be longer with less scaffolding. This builds on the increase in problem-solving in GCSE so students will be better prepared. The examinations will be taken at the end of the course rather than in modules and it is expected that questions will link different aspects of the course.

Pure Paper 1&2

Statistic Paper 3

Mechanics Paper 3

Topic 1 – Proof

Topic 2 – Algebra and functions

Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

Topic 4 – Sequences and series

Topic 5 – Trigonometry

Topic 6– Exponentials and logarithms

Topic 7 – Differentiation

Topic 8 – Integration

Topic 9 – Numerical methods

Topic 10 – Vectors

Topic 1 – Statistical sampling

Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation

Topic 3 – Probability

Topic 4 – Statistical distributions

Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing

Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics

Topic 7 – Kinematics

Topic 8 – Forces and Newton’s laws

Topic 9 – Moments

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this course, a Grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics would be desirable. Should you still wish to be considered with a Grade 6, you should request an interview with the course leader Mr Doran.

Future opportunities

Over 90% of students who do A-level Mathematics do not go on to do mathematics degrees. The mathematics they learn and the skills they develop by doing A-level Mathematics are essential for degree level subjects such as physics and engineering and are also widely used in other subjects such as economics, chemistry, biology and social sciences. Students working towards degrees in these subjects are often surprised by how much mathematics they use at university. Numbers taking A-level Mathematics have grown strongly in recent years as it provides a foundation for further studies in a variety of subjects including Science and Engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 February 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: A Level Maths