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Statistical & Mathematical Methods (SAMM) - Access To Higher Education at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

This module offers a Level 3 qualification in Mathematics which will develop skills relevant to many different disciplines in Higher Education.  You will find the course varied, interesting and challenging.

The emphasis is on learning and applying a range of mathematical methods with the aid of a calculator. Advice will be given at the start of the course regarding the purchase of an appropriate calculator.

Course content

The syllabus is taught approximately in the order set out below. Unit One is completed in January and Unit Two in June. The final examination is in June.

Unit 1

  • Number skills
  • Introduction to algebra
  • Introduction to graphs
  • Probability and Statstics

Unit 2

  • Further algebra
  • Further graphs and use of graphs
  • Shapes and measures
  • Trigonometry

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

GCSE Maths grade C or above.


Unit 1

  • Open-book Phase Test
  • Assignment (statistical based project)

Unit 2

  • Phase Test
  • Examination

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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