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Mathematics AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The course offers you the chance to build upon existing mathematical knowledge from GSCE in addition to extending into areas such as Mechanics and Statistics. It provides an excellent foundation for higher level study in a wide variety of subjects and is a highly sought after qualification.

To gain an A level in Mathematics you must study a variety of topics, which you can find in more detail in the sections below. At the moment the new specification is not finalised but the course will cover aspects of three areas in Maths: Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics. You can find detailed information on the website:

In addition to lectures and teacher support the course places an emphasis on self-study. We provide you with access to a website which is excellent for distance learning too. There are videos and worked examples on the website to help you learn. During the course there are several written assessments in addition to the verbal feedback that you receive from your teacher. All Maths staff run help sessions and support sessions to assist you when you need it.

Course content

Year 1
Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Calculus are all examples of Pure Maths topics in the first year. In Mechanics you will look at topics such as Motion In 1 Dimension. In Statistics you will look at topics such as Data Presentation.

Year 2
Numerical Methods, Parametric Equations and Further Calculus are all examples of topics you will study in the second year. In Mechanics, you will also look at topics such as Motion In 2 Dimensions. In Statistics, you will also look at topics such as The Normal Distribution and Conditional Probability.

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes. For A Level Mathematics you will need to have gained at least a grade 6 in your Maths GCSE.


The examining body that we use is MEI, which comes under the OCR group. This is an exam board specifically for Mathematics. It is intended that there be three exam papers at the end of the second year. There is no coursework element.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a highly regarded A Level and many doors of opportunity are open to you if you gain a qualification in this subject. Many of our students go on to university to read subjects such as engineering and mathematics, but there are also students who use the qualification to give them an edge in gaining employment and/or apprenticeships.

Further information

NULC is a great environment for learning Mathematics. We have a highly dedicated team with vast experience of teaching A Level students. You will have opportunities to expand your study to different areas of Mathematics as you see your interests develop. We are able to offer a wide range of modules. It is also worth considering studying Further Maths if you are an A/A* candidate; please speak to a member of staff for more details.

How do I find out more?
Please speak to Simon Ball or Simon May in the Mathematics Faculty for any further details: 01782 254624 01782 254624

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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