If you enjoyed learning Maths at school, why not consider taking your interest to A Level? You will extend your skills in algebra, trigonometry and geometry from GCSE and will be introduced to new areas of Maths such as calculus (for maximising functions), series (for calculating regular savings account balances) and exponentials (for working out how many radioactive particles remain). You’ll use technology to do data analysis with large data sets. You’ll also develop your skills in probability and discover new ideas such as the normal distribution (what’s a good IQ score?), regression for making predictions and hypothesis testing. In addition, you will learn about forces, motion, moments and vectors, including calculating how long it will take a car to drive up a hill when it is pulling a caravan.
You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4.
For A Level Mathematics, you must have at least a grade 6 (preferably a 7 or above) in GCSE Mathematics. In addition, you need to enjoy Mathematics – especially algebra!
If you are expecting a grade 7 or above, you could consider taking A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
If you choose A Level Mathematics at HSDC Alton, you will study the following:
2/3rds Pure Maths:
Extend your skills in algebra, trigonometry and coordinate geometry from GCSE. Plus new topics such as:
Lesson activities are wide ranging, from classroom discussions on how best to mathematically model a situation, to practising problem solving questions in pairs. Information Technology, such as spreadsheets, graphic calculators and online apps will be used to introduce and explore concepts. Students will also participate in the Senior Maths Challenge and can help out at Maths competitions for feeder schools we organise every year.
100% exams; consisting of three exam papers, each two hours long.
Textbooks: £60 over two years.
Student course materials: £8.50 each year.
New calculator: £20 - £60, depending on the scientific/graphical model.
I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.Laura Hagedorn, A Level student
I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.Matthew Randell, A Level student
My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.Oliver Smith, A Level student