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AS/A Level Maths

A level maths encourages you to think logically and to evaluate alternative ways of solving problems. This A Level Maths course is perfect if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's the essential foundation if you're thinking about studying maths or maths-related subjects at a higher level. A level maths will be useful if you want to work in a variety of fields including medicine, IT, engineering and education.

You can choose to study for 1 year in order to achieve an AS level in maths, or you could complete the full two years in order to gain a full A level in maths.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This qualification starts in September and depending upon which qualification you choose, could take one or two years to complete. The course is delivered on a part-time, evening basis.

You will attend college for 3 hours per week during the evening. In addition, students will be expected to commit to at least another 2 hours of independent study in order to cover the content effectively.

What will I study?

You will extend your knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, and geometry and pick up more applied topics that will allow you to learn how mathematics is used to model real-life situations.

Modules covered includes:

Pure Core 1

You will build on GCSE knowledge of algebra and coordinates to solve more complex problems. You will also be introduced to the basics of calculus as a method of finding gradients of curves and the areas underneath and then explore the applications of this.

Pure Core 2

This module builds on the foundations of core 1 and advances the level at which you apply your knowledge of calculus and algebra. You will also begin to explore trigonometry in more depth, discovering the links with wider areas of mathematics.

Applied Module - Statistics and Mechanics

Statistics and Mechanics provide a good base for the further study of mathematics. Statistics explores more complex probability problems, and how we can perform statistical analysis on a variety of data to discuss correlation, accuracy and consistency. Additionally you will explore probability distributions and use these to make predictions about a variety of scenarios. Statistics is highly valued in several university courses and links well with several subjects including business, biology and psychology. Mechanics involves the study of the mathematics of projectile motion, collisions, friction and motion under constant acceleration. This is often done through the application of pure maths to physical scenarios. This links well with engineering and physics and provides a good basis for future study within many science and engineering subjects.

How is it assessed?

Throughout the year, you will be formatively assessed through regular formal internal assessments to test your knowledge and skills.

At the end of the first year, you will be assessed by external examinations for an AS qualification. If you decide to then continue you will sit additional examinations at the end of the second year in order to achieve the full A level.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have achieved at least a grade 5 or 6 (equivalent to a grade B) in Maths at GCSE or equivalent.

Please note that this course will only run subject to adequate student numbers.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £500 per year.

There are a number of flexible payment options available including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

You could choose to complete the full A level in maths. If you complete the 2 year qualification, 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: Danielle Judge