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 at university.
You will have a greater understanding of the variety of ways in which mathematicians, scientists and engineers communicate mathematically.
What will I learn?
A level Maths is a 2 year linear course, with an AS qualification after the first year.
In the first year you will study Pure Core Maths with an element of Mechanics and Statistics
- Pure Core Mathematics (AS) - algebra, coordinate geometry, proof, polynomials, differentiation and integration, trigonometry functions, exponentials and logarithms
- Mechanics - vectors, kinematics, motion with constant acceleration, forces and motion including motion Under gravity, Newton’s laws of motion, objects in connect
- Statistics - working with large data sets, including statistical diagrams and standard deviation, probability, statistical hypothesis testing with sampling techniques, binomial distribution, correlation and regression
In the Second year you will study Pure Core Maths with Further elements of Mechanics and Statistics
- Pure Core Mathematics (A2) - binomial theorem, algebra and functions, further differentiation and integration and numerical methods, further trigonometry & circular methods, parametric equations, exponential growth & decay and differential equations
- Mechanics - kinematics in 2D, equilibrium and resolving forces, statics and dynamics & moments
- Statistics - further probability, statistical distributions & statistical hypothesis testing
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed by written exams.
What do I need?
You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.
Additional Requirements: Grade 6 in Maths plus a diagnostic interview
Where can it take me?
- Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, since Maths supports a wide range of other subjects
- University - related degree, such as Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Computing and Engineering
The course is well suited to those who like to solve problems.
You will need a graphical calculator, which can be purchased from the College.
Any other A Levels can be studied with Mathematics; Science subjects are popular.