Sixth Form College
Did you enjoy Maths at school? Do you enjoy solving problems? Do you feel confident with the work you have met so far at GCSE? If so, you should seriously consider Maths AS/ A Level.
Maths is a demanding and challenging subject but it can be an extremely rewarding one if you are prepared to put in time and effort. Mathematics is the application of a limited number of methods to a never-ending number of problems. It can be used to solve many practical problems in a variety of areas such as architecture, business and science. Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science, technology and many others. Maths qualifications can lead to excellent future careers. In fact, there is currently a national shortage of qualified mathematicians and so this course will give you a competitive edge with future employers.
You will study a combination of Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Mechanics and decision maths. There will be some choice for students in the types of maths topics they choose to develop further. The pure maths topics include algebra, co-ordinate geometry, polynomials, trigonometry, calculus, differentiation and integration techniques, partial fractions, vectors and differential equations.
This two year linear course has all of the exams at the end of the second year where students sit three papers that are 2 hours long each. Students will also be entered for the stand alone As Maths exam at the end of the first year consisting of one 2 hour paper and one 1 hour 15 minute paper.
As Einstein said “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow, just never stop questioning”. This philosophy underpins the methodology of the Maths department. Instead of being simply ‘told’ the syllabus, students are actively encouraged to think of their own questions and to use their imagination when approaching mathematics problems through the use of a wide assembly of IT resources, investigations, open– ended tasks and exam style questions.
There are weekly Maths Workshops where you can study and practice the techniques with students from different classes with a teacher there to help. There will be an assignment set every other week so that you can gain confidence and develop the ideas that you have been exposed to. This, along with a termly assessment, will be used to monitor your progress and identify areas of strength and areas where a more detailed study is needed.
You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A Level courses. Additional subject entry criteria: You will need at least an average GCSE score of 5.5 and to have a grade 6 or above in your maths GCSE. If adding to a Science programme you will need an average GCSE score of 6 and achieved a grade 6 or above in maths.
Many students go on to pursue careers in medicine, research and development, engineering, statistics, operational research, computing, accountancy, actuarial work, business management, insurance and teaching. If you are hoping to pursue a course in science, mathematics or engineering at university, Maths is compulsory and we would also recommend that you take Further Mathematics.