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.
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Availability & Details
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:
- Calculus: What is the most efficient size for a baked bean tin to minimise the metal used? How fast do sky divers reach?
- Sequences & Series: If you invest £1000 every year into a bank account with 1.2% interest, how long is it till you save £20,000?
- Exponentials: What will the world’s population be in 2050? How hot will a cup of tea be 10 minutes after making it?
- Newton’s Laws of Motion are used to model cars pulling trailers down hills, friction, projectiles and see-saws.
- Sampling, data presentation and interpretation from Large Data Sets; probability; and statistical hypothesis testing. Can you tell if a new drug cures more patients than the old treatment?
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.
Future Career Opportunities
You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.Natalie Thorpe, A Level student
I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.David Stenning, Public Services 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