On this course you will study the content of the new A level EDEXCEL Maths syllabus which consists of the study of Pure Mathematics and the study of the application of mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics.
You will study pure mathematics content covering topics in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus and coordinate geometry, amongst others, and basic applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics.
In the second year you will study further pure mathematics topics covering more algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and other topics, and extended applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics.
You should take this course if you are interested in Computing, Engineering or Physics or if you are interested in progressing to a range of university courses requiring Maths as: Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Finance and many others.
A GCSE grade 6 in Maths.
For the A level Maths qualification you will take 3 papers, two with pure content and one with applied content, two hours being allocated for each paper.
A level Maths qualification is achieved at the end of the second year of study.
A Level Maths course (two years) content is presented below:
• Pure Mathematics 1 (Paper code: 9MA0/01)
• Pure Mathematics 2 (Paper code: 9MA0/02)
Content overview of the two pure papers:
Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical methods, Vectors
• Statistics and Mechanics (Paper code: 9MA0/03)
Content overview for Statistics and Mechanics
Section A: Statistics
Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, Statistical hypothesis testing
Section B: Mechanics
Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s laws, Moments
Mathematical skills are highly prized and will be valuable when applying for university entry. A Mathematics qualification will give you a very significant advantage in the job market.
Students will need to purchase text books for the year which cost about £45. Some students buy a new calculator but the one you have already may be fine.
The transition from GCSE to A level is quite a big one so we set you some work to do over summer to help with this. You get this work when you attend our Introductory Days or by contacting the college. There is a test on this work in September which will help you to check if the course is right for you. The test just checks whether you are prepared to work hard, it isn’t there to catch you out.