- What goes up must come down…but where? Learn how to predict where a ball, bullet or ballet dancer will land.
- Which letter is better? Understand why multiple choice tests are guess-safe.
- Prime ones are forever - why is the list of prime numbers infinitely long?
- Rational lottery - why is √2.25 ‘rational’ but √2 'irrational’, and what does this mean?
At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language, with at least a grade 6 in Maths, one other grade 6 and one grade 5.
Is this course for me?
- You should have strong algebraic skills.
- You are prepared to carry out approximately 3 hours of independent study a week, in addition to class-based activities.
- You can get a good idea of what level of Maths puts you in a good position to embark upon A Level by working through the questions and videos here: www.bsfc.ac.uk/maths
Where does it lead?
A Level Maths provides the bedrock for getting to the heart of numbers, shapes, movement, data and relationships. Advanced Maths is used in many jobs and has clear and obvious associations with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Business Studies, Geography and Computing. Perhaps less apparently it has strong links, both aesthetically and practically with Art, Design, Music, Psychology, Law, Sociology and Sports Studies. Maths A Level is a very useful, adaptable qualification. Any Level 3 Maths qualification is considered advantageous by both universities and employers. Current government advice is for students to take any Level 3 mathematical course if they are capable of doing so. A Maths degree can lead to a great variety of careers including weather forecasting, computer games programming, in accounting or finance, scientific research design and developments, statistics, environmental science, aircraft design or drugs trial analysis – the list is endless. Maths is also an essential basis for careers in engineering and architecture.
What will I learn?
The course covers topics such as advanced algebra, calculus, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, probability, averages, displaying data, sampling, binomial distribution, correlation, vectors, acceleration, Newton’s laws and connected particles.
You will study a mixture of new topics and topics covered in AS Mathematics in more depth including proof, algebraic division, functions, transformations, parametric equations, series, trigonometry, calculus, numerical methods, vectors, probability, Normal distribution, hypothesis testing, projectiles, forces, friction and moments.
Learning is offered through lectures, discussion, interactive whiteboard activities, PC software (graphs, spreadsheets, mathematical word processing etc), texts, internet research, mechanics apparatus, videos, audio material. You will engage in class-based and independent learning, making use of our rich and diverse collection of reading, audio and video material. Our innovative online Maths tutorials are also provided to help with your revision.
How will I be assessed?
All assessment for this course is through written examination. At the end of the academic year you will take examinations in all areas studied. Your progress towards these examinations is tracked through half term assessments.
What activities can I get involved in?
You will have the opportunity to take part in national competitions such as the UKMT Challenge and the code-breaking National Cipher Challenge as well as attending lectures independently by visiting speakers
at Liverpool University, recent ones including ‘Maths, Pigs, Chickens and Criminals.’ There is also a wealth of non-curriculum activities to explore, built up over many years, via our College virtual learning environment.