This is a full time, day course which must be studied alongside two other AS courses. A Level pathways are designed to prepare you for higher education and beyond.
To study Mathematics at this level you should have an aptitude for algebra as this is the main topic which is developed in the pure mathematics units and feeds into the applied units.
Three mandatory units are studied at A level
Unit 1 Pure Mathematics Pure content:
Proof, Algebra and Functions, Coordinate geometry, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration and Numerical Methods
Unit 2 Mechanics Mechanics content: Vectors, Quantities and Units in Mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws
Unit 3 Statistics
Statistics content: Statistical Sampling, Data Presentation and Interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distributions and Statistical Hypothesis Testing
Assessment AS Mathematics 7357 Paper 1 Pure, calculator written 2 hours, 100 marks – 33.3% of A level award Paper 2 Mechanics, calculator written 2 hours, 100 marks – 33.3% of A level award Paper 3 Statistics, calculator written 2 hours,100 marks – 33.3% of A level award
To study A Level Mathematics, you must have 5 GCSEs to include Maths at grade 6 or above and English at 5 or above as well as an average GCSE score of 5.3 or above. GCSE grades must be gained in the summer of the year of entry e.g. summer 2018 for Sept 18 entry.
An A level in Mathematics is an essential requirement for many degree courses, in particular for engineering and computing.