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Mathematics A Level - Level 3

Overview

A Level Mathematics builds on and extends GCSE knowledge and skills and introduced new ideas, such as calculus and its applications. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how these ideas can be applied to model situations mathematically. There is a strong emphasis on logical reasoning and problem-solving and you will learn to use your mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and grade 6/B in maths. You will also be required to complete a diagnostic assessment, testing your algebraic skills.

Following your application you will normally be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Start dates and fees

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September 20194447Apply online

How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.

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How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June with some additional coursework assessment.

Success rates

A Level pass rate 2018 - 100%.

What does the course lead to?

The Mathematics A Level can lead to work as a climatologist, statistician, analyst, financial advisor, or games programmer.

What will I study?

The course will be split into pure and applied mathematics and all content is compulsary.

In A Level there is an emphasis on pure mathematics; topics such as proof, algebra, trigonometry, series, logarithms and calculus account for approximately two thirds of the course. 

The Applied section will assess knowledge of both statistics and mechanics. In statistics you will study topics such as handling and interpreting large sets of data, probability, distributions and hypothesis testing.

In mechanics, which is closely linked to physics, you will also study forces and moments.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

You can also pursue further study in these fields on business and economics degree courses. An A Level in mathematics is highly regarded by both universities and potential employers.

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

 

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Why choose West Notts?

100% A Level pass rate in 2018

Best FE college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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