Mathematics AS/A2 Level

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Course Specifics

Sixth Form
Level 3
16-18 School Leavers
1 year for AS Level 2 years for full A Level
Interview Required:
Age 16-18 Cost:
No cost
Age 19 or Over:
Funding Assisted:
Advanced Learner Loans available
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Course overview

“Maths is your friend. If you meet with him every day, he becomes your best friend. If you leave for a time he forgets you and you forget him.” Muhammad Ahmed

A firm understanding of trigonometry (sin x, cos x and tan x) is needed so that we can build on this quickly and learn how to cope with more complicated questions. Make sure your calculator has these functions!!! A new area of study in A Level Maths is calculus, something that you will not have seen at GCSE level. Differentiation and Integration form a large part of the study and again rely heavily on your algebraic skills. The statistics module provides breadth to your study. If you have not covered much statistics at GCSE, we start from the basics looking at averages and different ways to display data graphically. A formula booklet in the exam means that you will not need to memorise difficult formulas but you will definitely need to know how to apply them correctly and accurately and explain what the results mean in context.

A level maths is a good subject to choose in combination with lots of other subjects, including Chemistry, Physics, Business Studies, Economics and Psychology. Universities like to choose students who have studied Maths.

Who is this course for?

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths at least a B/6 but preferably a 7/8/9. You will also have to have an analytical mind and an excellent work ethic. A Level work, and especially A-level Maths, is not easy but opens up the door to many careers in the future.

Entry qualifications

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths at least a B/6 but preferably a 7/8/9.

What other experience will I gain?

Being part of Chesterfield College Sixth Form is so much more than A Levels. We want you to leave us with as many skills as possible to help you with you next step (as well as making your time here fun). That's why you'll also get the opportunity to take part in visits, competitions, as well as all the other college wide teams and activities. Many of the Maths students are student ambassadors and Peer mentors – Y13 students who pair up with Y12 students to offer help and support, this is particularly helpful in this subject. In Y13 there is the opportunity to take AS Further mathematics.

Where will this lead?

You will be able to progress to university level study or on to employment. A number of students progress to Mathematic degrees at university, we have former students at university in Leeds, York, Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham to name but a few. In addition Maths is a ‘facilitating’ subject meaning that it is accepted on all degree courses such as engineering, architecture and especially teaching courses.

What are my career options?

What Ofsted say

"A level maths is a step up from GCSE level! You need to make sure that you are organised and complete as many questions as you can for homework. It is really important to revise as you go along as this helps for tests and the exam at the end.”

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