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Mathematics A Level at Accord Sixth Form College (@ Ossett Academy)

Course description

Mathematics is intrinsically beautiful. Students who enjoy puzzles and problem-solving will relish the challenges of this course. The ancient arts of algebra and trigonometry form a large part of what is studied, but students will also learn about the more recent applied mathematics of statistics and mechanics. Students continue to develop abilities in algebra, geometry and trigonometry as well as learning about new techniques and concepts.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 6 or above in Maths and a 5 in English.

Assessment

A Level Mathematics is a two-year course with all examinations taking place at the end of the second year. Students sit 3 papers, each lasting for 2 hours and each worth one-third of the overall grade. Papers 1 and 2 are entirely pure mathematics, and the third paper is combined statistics and mechanics.

Future opportunities

Mathematics supports other A Level subjects: All the sciences use mathematical techniques, and psychology and sociology use statistics. Maths teaches logical thinking, vital when putting across a coherent logical argument in any subject.

Many degree courses, including computer science, physics, accountancy, engineering and economics can require A Level mathematics. Geography, psychology and sociology degrees all involve a large amount of mathematics, as do sport sciences, biology, chemistry, earth sciences and business and management. Research by the LSE found that people with mathematics A Level go on to earn about 10% more than their peers with equivalent qualifications in different subjects. Mathematical skills learned at A Level, such as logical thinking, problem solving and statistical analysis, may be closer to those actually used in the workplace than the skills developed in other subjects. There is a huge shortage of mathematics graduates, despite the huge earning potential in certain areas such as finance, accountancy and computing.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 September 2017
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      At Ossett we realise how important your learning environment is and how the facilities that we provide can help successfully support you in your studies.  Through Student Voice we have worked together to create a warm and welcoming Sixth Form Centre, which houses purpose-built classrooms and an Independent Learning Centre, where students also benefit from state-of-the-art ICT facilities, free Wi-Fi access.  We have also recently added a second Sixth Form study facility which provides additional space and ICT access for independent study.  The Lounge café and Post 16 Common Room provides a great place to eat, and comes complete with 2 large TV screens, network points and student lockers.  It’s the ideal place to meet with friends and take a break from your studies.

      The Independent Learning Centre and Post 16 iBase

      Housed within the Sixth Form Centre you will find the Independent Learning Centre, or ILC, which is heavily used throughout the day by all our Sixth Form students. Here you will find a range of paper-based and electronic resources which have been specifically selected by subject staff to help support you in your independent study. If you need help with subject specific references, producing a presentation or simply in need of a photocopy then our full-time Post-16 Learning Mentor is on hand throughout the day to ensure that you are fully supported in your access to important information. Whether you need time for quiet private study or maybe some group work, the ILC provides private study booths and communal areas to allow students to work in different ways. The ILC also provides fantastic ICT facilities, with a full ICT suite, free Wi-Fi access and netbook loan. All students have access to a dedicated careers' advisor who is available to help students make decisions about their future progression.  The facilities on offer in the ILC have recently been extended to iBase which is used exclusively by Post 16 students and offers study support for all students throughout the college day.

      In need of breakfast before your first lesson, a filling tasty lunch or maybe just a coffee at break time then you’ll find what you are looking for at The Lounge - our student centred café housed within the Sixth Form Centre. From subs to soup, pasta to pizzas we cater for all tastes, providing the foods that you like to eat at an affordable price.