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Mathematics, A Level
This course will add depth to your GCSE knowledge. Not only will you learn mathematical processes, which will enable you to work in high-level industries (such as engineering, sciences, finance and computing), but you will learn how to spot and solve more complex real-life problems with confidence.
As an adult learner, this course will help you unlock new career paths and routes into higher education. A Level Mathematics is a sought-after qualification in all industries, and requires a high level of understanding, rigour, and personal effort to complete; traits that all employers and education providers look for. It is also an enjoyable course to study; there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from solving a mathematical problem you are stuck on!
What will I do on this course?
We study the Pearson Edexcel A Level Mathematics (2017) course. This course aims to teach the whole of A Level Maths, usually a two-year course for school-leavers, in one year.
The course is two-thirds pure mathematics (algebra, calculus, trigonometry etc) and one-third applied mathematics (statistics and mechanics). Here is an overview of the topics in the course:
- Algebraic Methods, Quadratics, Equations
- Graphs, Functions, Coordinate Geometry and Circles
- Sequences and Series, including Binomial
- Trigonometric Identities and Equations
- Exponentials and Logarithms
- Parametric Equations
- Numerical Methods
- Representing and Summarising Data
- Probability, Distributions and Hypothesis Testing
- Kinematics including variable acceleration and projectiles
- Forces, Motion and Moments.
How will I be supported?
The course content is taught through our online learning platform; primarily through videos created by an A Level Maths specialist who teaches at the college. There will be several on-demand video lessons each week to watch and then practice the relevant content to embed your learning. This can be done to fit around your schedule each week.
In addition to this there is a 90 minute live online session each week, where you will have an opportunity to ask questions about your learning to the teacher and receive support. In this time, we will also look at exam questions and problem-solving questions together to deepen your understanding of recently covered topics.
Outside of the live session, you can message the teacher via Teams (a free download) to receive support and help with questions you are stuck on.
There is around 4.5 hours of on-demand video lessons each week to be learnt, plus a 90-minute live session each week. You will need spend at least this much time again practising and answering questions to make sure you understand the content and are fluent in the skills. This gives around 12-18 hours per week total study time. This will vary depending on your prior knowledge, and ability to learn new material.
How will I be assessed?
As you progress through the course, there are plenty of self-assessed questions with fully worked solutions. There will also be regular teacher-marked tests and assignments throughout the course.
To achieve your qualification there are A Level maths exams every summer, usually in early June. This takes the form of three two-hour papers; two on pure maths, and one on applied maths.
What resources do I need?
We use the Pearson published series of Edexcel A level Maths textbooks as an integral part of the course and your practice. You will receive free access to online eBook versions, but many students also like to purchase a physical copy. The books are: Pure Year 1 (978-1292183398), Applied Year 1 (978-1292232539), Pure Year 2 (978-1292183404), Applied Year 2 (978-1446944073).
You will also need a calculator which can perform all the necessary functions for A level. We recommend either the Casio fx-991EX or the Casio CG50. You may find if you have an older calculator, that it does not meet the requirements for the new 2017 spec A level.
What could I do after this course?
You could apply to study a range of subjects at degree-level including physics, engineering, computing, and maths. An A level in Mathematics is an asset to have on your CV outside of these sectors too.
If you're aged 19+ and don't already have a Level 3 qualification, we can offer this course for FREE as part of the National Skills Fund. Contact us today to find out more!
The usual entry requirement for school-leavers is at least a grade 6 (or B) in GCSE or O-Level Mathematics. If you do not meet the entrance requirements but have work related experience, we will take this into account. You need to be highly confident in the key GCSE topics of algebra, quadratics, graphs and co-ordinate geometry, surds and indices, and trigonometry. There will be an entry assessment to make sure the course is appropriate for you.
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