A level Mathematics is very different in comparison to the knowledge and skills you will have previously gained at GCSE level.
You'll take a more investigative approach, understanding how mathematics is used to model real life situations such as genetic inheritance, pin codes, putting hardware into space and building to withstand earthquakes.
Extending your knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, geometry and statistics, you'll learn how to solve problems using graphical calculators and computer packages.
When will I start the course and how long will it take?
All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.
What will I study?
You will extend your knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, geometry and statistics and will learn how mathematics is used to model real-life situations.
This will enable you to understand, construct and make predictions about systems as diverse as:
- Genetic inheritance
- Pin codes
- Group behaviour
- Putting hardware into space
- Impact of ice on electrical cables
- Building to withstand earthquakes
How is it assessed?
You will be assessed by examinations at the end of each year.
Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?
You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including a grade C in English and a grade B in maths.
What are the course fees?
If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.
What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?
You will gain the background knowledge required for many academic degree courses, including mathematics, science, engineering, economics, finance, and computing.
With your skills and knowledge in mathematics, you could go onto secure a career in engineering, medicine or business.Ref: Niamh Donaghy