Mathematics A Level at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
- GCSEs to include an A in Maths and a high average GCSE score across all subjects
- Minimum GCSE point score required for this course: 6.0
- Aimed at students who have enjoyed GCSE Maths and who feel comfortable working with algebra and graphs
- The AS course consists of two core units (Algebra and Graphs) plus an application unit – Statistics
- The A2 course is similar in structure with two more core units plus a choice between Decision Maths, Mechanics or more Statistics
- This is a course that provides plenty of challenge and rewards. You will need to have an organised approach and use the available support to clarify your understanding.
This course very much carries on from where GCSE leaves off in terms of the algebra, trigonometry and graphs work. Some of the topics in the first core unit will be familiar to you. We will seek to deepen your understanding of these ideas as well as move on to new problems. This will include a methodical study of certain families of curves and developing strategies to solve harder equations. Rather than remembering a long list of different techniques for different problems the challenge is to get a sense of the big ideas that can be applied to numerous scenarios. The course encourages you to develop your thinking skills, look for connections between ideas and get to grips with some quite abstract concepts. In many ways Mathematics can be thought of as a life skill. By the end of the first year you will have met and used Calculus, the mathematics that Newton and others used to describe the motion of the planets and the world around us. AS Maths is an academic course that demands a lot of students. It is well respected and has the great satisfaction of dealing with some very clever ideas; it should not be undertaken unless you enjoy the subject.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barton Peveril Sixth Form College directly.