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Mathematics A-level

Level:
Level 3 A-levels
Course Code:
FTB026
Location:
North Devon Campus
Duration:
Two years


A-level Mathematics builds on your existing mathematical skills gained in GCSE. You will study Pure Mathematics, using both computer software and scientific calculators to aid learning when appropriate. To broaden your mathematical experience, you will also study some applied mathematics in the form of statistics and mechanics. Good algebraic skills are recommended.

This qualification is prized by top universities. It is a qualification that goes well with a broad range of other subjects, not necessarily scientific subjects. The qualification indicates an ability to problem solve and have a clear and logical approach to working.

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Year One:
For the Pure Mathematics part of the course, you will study topics covering algebra; co-ordinate geometry; sequences and series; calculus; exponentials and logarithms together with trigonometry.
The statistics part of the applied mathematics part of the course will involve dealing with a large set of data, making use of both scientific calculators and mathematical software. You will be expected to perform statistical tests and calculations, also dealing with different statistical distributions.
The mechanics part of the applied course will involve looking at Newton's laws of motion and their application in a mathematical context. You will be expected to deal with problems involving forces and the motion of bodies and particles under different circumstances. The work will be split between dynamics (the study of moving bodies) and statics (the study of bodies in equilibrium).

Year Two:
The skills gained in the first year are used and built upon, by extending the depth of the topics studied; for example, the topic of calculus is studied to a far greater extent and its applications in both pure and applied mathematics is explored, similarly, the topics studied in applied mathematics are covered in more depth and to a far greater extent.
AS Level Mathematics
One 2-hour paper for Pure Mathematics
One 1-hour paper for Applied Mathematics

A-level Mathematics
Two 2-hour papers for Pure Mathematics
One 2-hour paper for Applied Mathematics

The A level grade is based entirely on the second year exam papers which test knowledge gained over the whole course.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

It is essential that you achieve a minimum of a grade 6 in Maths.
Mathematics is a prized qualification for university, and for life. It highlights your natural problem-solving ability and logical ordered thinking - excellent skills to have for many degree courses. You can progress to a degree course in a mathematics discipline, and A-level Mathematics is an essential qualification to study Physics or Engineering at university. Universities will accept Mathematics for a wide variety of degree courses, not only science based courses.
Some topics on the course will be taught using the mathematical program 'Autograph' - a very powerful and sophisticated graphing tool. Access to laptop computers will also enable you to make use of Autograph in some areas of the syllabus.
An extended virtual learning environment will ensure that learners will have access to schemes of work, lesson notes, homeworks and homework solutions together with useful links to the exam board website.
You will need pen, paper and a file to store your notes. You will also need a good scientific calculator - we recommend a Casio fx-991EX or similar as you will need to use it to help with statistical analysis.
You will be required to purchase text books which will cover the basic syllabus content. You will be advised what these text books are.
If you require any further information about this course, please contact Robin Lee by emailing robin.lee@petroc.ac.uk.
Q. Do I need a calculator?
A. We recommend a Casio fx-991EX or similar as you will need to use it to help with statistical analysis.

Q. Can I do A-level Further Maths without doing A-level Mathematics?
A. You have to be taking an A-level course in Mathematics alongside any Further Mathematics qualification.

Q. Can I pick up AS Further Mathematics in my second year of study?
A. Yes. Very often students who wish to study Mathematics, Physics or Engineering at university find it useful to pick up AS Further Maths as the topics studied will help them with the mathematical content of their degree course.

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