Mathematics: AS and A Level | Loughborough College

AS and A Level in
Mathematics

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A Level Mathematics is the key to a world of opportunity. If you wish to study engineering, physics, economics, or natural sciences at university, it will be essential. Mathematics will also be useful for biology, psychology, and computer-based courses.

Mathematics is a challenging subject, it’s important that you’re confident with both algebra and graphs, and prepared to work hard from the start!

A Level Mathematics offers a wide range of progression routes into Higher Education, in all areas of science, business, and engineering. On top of that, recent research shows that completing A Level Mathematics can increase your earning potential.

Course Content

Pure 1 extends concepts learnt at GCSE such as working with algebraic expressions, solving equations and inequalities, and straight line coordinate geometry. These concepts are built on in topics such as circle coordinate geometry, binomial expansion, integration and differentiation.

Students will also undertake applied 1, covering content in both statistics and mechanics. In statistics, students will be working with large data sets and asked to understand, represent and analyse the data. Topics such as linear regression, probability and hypothesis testing will be covered, as well as familiar GCSE topics such as interpreting box plots and histograms. In mechanics, students will be introduced to both constant and variable acceleration, alongside an introduction to forces and Newton’s laws.

Students will sit a 2 hour paper in pure maths, and a 1.25 hour paper in the applied content.

This provides a foundation for students continuing onto the second year, building on the concepts learnt in year 1 to further their understanding. Pure 2 includes the introduction of new differentiation and integration techniques whilst also developing students algebraic work. The statistical content includes the normal distribution, conditional probability and more hypothesis testing. The mechanics content will extend the idea of forces and explore their application, along with studying projectiles, moments and friction.

Students will sit 3 2 hour papers – Pure 1, Pure 2 and an applied paper.

Features/Benefits

During your lessons you will develop a variety of skills, including the abilty to solve problems and communicate your ideas to others. You will work in groups as well as on your own and you will use technology to assist you in your learning. In addition, you will develop the ability to work independently and organise your time.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Maths at grade 7 (or 6 with successful passing of initial assessment test)
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Assessment Methods

AS: One x 2 hour exam in Pure maths & one x 1.25 hour exam in applied content.
A-Level: Three x 2 hour exams - Pure 1, Pure 2 and an applied paper.

Progression Opportunities

Progression can lead to Higher Education or into employment.

A Level Mathematics offers a wide range of progression routes into Higher Education in all areas of science, business, and engineering.

One final thought - recent research shows that completing A Level Mathematics can increase your earning potential!

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

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Key Facts

Dates:

  • September 2018

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time

Level:

3

Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact Student Recruitment for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 18/19ASECM

Awarding Body:

Edexcel

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