Course Title AS/A Level Mathematics
Level: 3
Code MS005

Overview of the Course

The course covers the two main areas of Pure and Applied Mathematics; all content is compulsory, there are no-longer optional units in A Level Mathematics. The pure mathematics content includes the study of coordinate geometry, algebra and functions, trigonometry, calculus and vectors. The applied mathematics part of the course includes statistics and mechanics. The statistics includes sampling, data representation and analysis and probability functions and the Mechanics covers forces, dynamics and kinematics. As part of the A Level Maths course, you will also develop your IT skills on a range of packages including Excel and Autograph. Classes in IT suites will include hands-on work to investigate and analyse a large set of data.

What are the career opportunities?

There really is no "typical job" that maths graduates progress on to. Mathematics is more of a way of thinking, or a set of tools, than a specific learned skill. However, a mathematician's logical, problem-solving and numerical skills are highly sought after in many different areas of employment. Mathematics is an excellent qualification to have for a wide variety of higher education courses and careers. It is vital if you wish to study mathematics or Engineering at university and is advisable for Economics, Business, Banking, Accountancy, Design, Engineering, Statistics, Computing, IT and Sciences. If you study mathematics your skills will also be welcomed for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Teaching, Technology and Architecture.

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum entry requirements for access to an A Level Study Programme will be two subjects at grade B (or grade 5) including GCSE English and four subjects at grade C (or grade 4) and GCSE maths grade A*-B (9-6).

How long is the course and when can I start?

The A Level is a full-time two-year programme, starting in September, with the opportunity to take AS after one year.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will be assessed with two exams at the end of year one for the AS qualification, and three exams at the end of year two. Each exam will be externally set and contain elements from the Pure and Applied parts of the course.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

Employers value mathematics graduates or those with qualifications beyond GCSE level because they assume correctly that such people can use numeracy skills and handle data effectively to demonstrate a case, that they can show initiative in problem solving and that they can work independently and as part of a team in carrying out their work. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to solve problems by breaking them down into smaller parts and to identify key components of solutions. Work on statistics provides the opportunity for you to become adept in producing evidence to support or argue against a point. This will include the use of technology and spreadsheets to assist in your solutions. A qualified mathematician who is well informed and is able to work independently whilst also being able to communicate effectively and take on board the ideas of others will be an excellent asset to an employer. English and communication skills will be continually developed as you will be involved in discussions and must be able to explain your reasoning and assumptions in a structured and coherent manner to support your calculations.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. Enrichment includes guest speakers and trips/visits. You will have the opportunity to take part in competitions such as the BEBRAS Challenge and the UKMT Individual and Team Challenges. For students that are more able, there is also the opportunity to take part in the Senior Kangaroo challenge.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

A graphical calculator that has the ability to store and retrieve statistical tables of information will be required.


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