Mathematics A Level
About this course
Mathematics is a course worth studying in its own right. It is challenging but interesting and builds on work studied at GCSE, involving new ideas that some of the greatest minds of the past millennium have produced. A Level Mathematics is also very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at A Level and degree level, especially in the sciences, geography, psychology, sociology and medicine.
A Level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full time courses in higher education. You will have a greater understanding of the variety of ways in which mathematicians, scientists and engineers communicate mathematically.
What will I learn?
During the course you will study the following modules:
Pure Core Mathematics 1 - Algebra, coordinate geometry of straight lines and circles, differentiation and integration
Pure Core Mathematics 2 - Further algebra, sequences, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, further differentiation and integration
Pure Core Mathematics 3 - This module develops topics from C1 and C2 including algebra and functions, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation and integration and numerical methods
Pure Core Mathematics 4 - This module assumes knowledge of C1, C2 and C3. It develops topics from C3 including vectors, further trigonometry, parametric equations, exponential growth & decay and differential equations
Decision - Algorithms, graphs & networks, spanning tree problems, matchings, Dijkstra's algorithm, Chinese postman problem, travelling salesman problem and linear programming
You will also take one of the following modules:
Mechanics - Kinematics in 1 & 2D including motion under gravity, statics & forces, momentum in 1 & 2D, Newton's laws of motion, connected particles and projectiles
Statistics - Mean, mode, media, SD, variance, IQR and quartiles of discrete/continuous data, normal distribution, binomial distribution, correlation and regression
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed by examinations lasting 1.5 hours.
What do I need?
- 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)
- Maths at grade 5 (grade B)
In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.
Where can it take me?
- Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
- University - a variety of related degrees
- Careers - wide variety including physics, economics, medicine, teaching, environmental studies, computing, Information Technology, architecture, engineering and accountancy
If you choose to study the statistics module, a graphical calculator will strongly support your learning.
Any other A Levels can be studied with Mathematics.