Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who have a strong interest in working with numbers and problem solving. The course covers topics such as indices, surds, polynominals, co-ordinate geometry and graphs, differentiation and integration, quadratic theory, trigonometry, sequences and series algebra, numerical methods, differential equations, vectors, force as a vector, equilibrium of a particle, kinematics and many more.

There is the opportunity to take part in a national Mathematics competition as well as attending the popular Scary Maths classes that take place at lunchtime.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Have an interest in and enthusiasm for Mathematics
  • Enjoy problem-solving and developing ideas in a mathematical context
  • Enjoy relating Mathematics to real life situations, in particular, how mathematical models can be used to simulate these situations
  • Would like to progress in any career which involves Mathematics, such as Engineering, Sciences, Accountancy, Finance


What will you learn?

This course is assessed by exams. The Units are:

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Vectors
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s law
  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Solve simultaneous equations in two variables by elimination and by substitution 
  • Problem Solving 
  • Teamwork 
  • Manipulate polynomials algebraically, including expanding brackets and collecting like terms, factorisation and simple algebraic division; use of the factor theorem 
  • Understand and use graphs of functions; sketch curves defined by simple equations including polynomials 
  • Interpret algebraic solution of equations graphically; use intersection points of graphs to solve equations 
  • Understand, use and interpret graphs in kinematics for motion in a straight line: displacement against time and interpretation of gradient 
  • Communication 
  • Understand the concept of a force; understand and use Newton’s first law. 
  • Understand and use Newton’s second law for motion in a straight line 
  • Understand and use weight and motion in a straight line under gravity; gravitational acceleration, g, and its value in S.I. units to varying degrees of accuracy
  • Understand and use Newton’s third law; equilibrium of forces on a particle and motion in a straight line 
  • Conduct a statistical hypothesis test for the proportion in the binomial distribution and interpret the results in context
  • Decision Making 
  • Time Management 
  • Develop Resilience 

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Accountant
  • Finance
  • Business Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Statistician 
  • Logistics 
  • Maths Teacher
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Engineer
  • Computer programmer
  • Actuary

A Level

Course Leader:
Ian Thompson

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Maths at Grade 6 and an average points score of 5.7 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by exams.