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Mathematics A Level at St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College

Course description

An A Level in Mathematics is highly regarded by the majority of employers and universities, precisely because of the demands it makes and the skills it develops. The course, for example, will help you to develop the techniques required for science-based disciplines as well as providing a solid foundation for further mathematical study.

Course content

The Core Mathematics modules extend the students’ mathematical knowledge from GCSE. We revise and build on such topics as Graphs, Sequences and Trigonometry while introducing Calculus, which is the foundation of most advanced topics. The techniques introduced here form the basic mathematical knowledge required for science, engineering, economics and many business higher education courses.

The Statistics modules develop GCSE Data Handling and introduce new areas such as hypothesis testing and linear regression. The study of probability is taken to a much greater depth than at GCSE. An ability to use the ideas from this module is important in the fields of management, accountancy, medical research and psychology.

The Mechanics modules cover forces, projectiles, Newton’s Law of Motion, energy, work and power. This makes links with the Physics A Level (although there is no requirement to have taken Physics). The topics covered here apply to the fields of Science and Engineering.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to study Maths must have acquired a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at A* - C, including English Language and at least a high grade B in the Higher Paper at GCSE in Maths, preferably an A. Students will also be expected to have achieved a high point score in their GCSEs overall.

Assessment

AS level:
Three modules taken in June of the first year These will be C1, C2 and S1

A2 level:
Three module exams will be taken in June of the second year These will be C3, C4 and M1

Future opportunities

‘A’ level mathematics is a valuable qualification and can lead to a wide variety of career paths for example in science, engineering accountancy or commerce. This A-level can be taken with a variety of others as many combinations are possible.

Further information

Students are taught for 5 one hour periods per week and are expected to study independently for at least an extra 4 hours per week.

Students will be involved in problem solving and discussion which is aimed to develop an analytical understanding of the mathematical concepts required. This will be done through a combination of task- focused teaching and practice using both text book and ICT sources.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2017

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