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Develop Mathematical and statistical problem solving, data analysis and interpretation skills
A Level Maths requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway plus a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Maths. The minimum entry requirements will be discussed at open events and at your college interview.
This course is for you if you enjoy Mathematics and also achieved well at GCSE Mathematics. An essential part of Mathematics is the challenge of analysing and solving a problem and the satisfaction and confidence gained from achieving a ‘correct’ answer. However, a big difference between GCSE and A Level is the depth of knowledge and understanding needed. If you want to understand why, rather than just being able to “do” Mathematics, then through A Level Maths your depth of knowledge and understanding will grow. The exams for A Level Maths are taken after your 2 years of the course and they will be different to what you faced in GCSE as they will test a lot more of your understanding. There are many marks for showing how you got the answer; if you choose Maths you will not have to write essays, but you will need to be able to communicate well in written work to explain your solutions.
We have over seven fully dedicated Maths classrooms and we are all highly experienced teachers of Mathematics. All the teachers in the department are experts at teaching A Level Mathematics and are highly motivated to help you to reach your potential. The Mathematics department always runs support sessions outside of the normal lessons to aid you with your homework and exam preparation.
This is a two year course, with all exams taken at the end of the second year. The course will develop your understanding of:
The A Level Mathematics content is the same for each examination board. All external examinations are taken at the end of the 2 year course. The course is made up of a combination of pure and applied mathematics.
The pure Mathematics content builds on the following skills you will have gained from your Maths GCSE such as algebra, graphs and trigonometry. This content will also teach about new topics such as:
While many of the ideas you will meet in pure Mathematics are interesting in their own right, they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of Mathematics, especially Mechanics and Statistics.
The applied content of the course covers:
You will have one teacher for the course each year. You will receive 4 lessons each week and you be required to complete additional work out of lessons, some of which requires you producing worked solutions to exam-type questions. Lessons include a variety of group, paired and individual work; resources you will draw on include text books, exam questions and jigsaw/domino/card matching activities as well as websites.
Support outside lessons is available, both informally and formally. Regular “mathematics clinic” sessions are run during the college week and all of the department are available for support at lunchtime.
If you who have taken GCSE Mathematics early, you may find you need to review what they have learnt at GCSE through the Summer; Mathematics skills need to be kept in use.
You may enjoy extending your knowledge of Mathematics including;
Reading books such as:
Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos
The Music of Primes by Marcus Du Sautoy
Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh
A Mathematician’s Apology by GH Hardy
Littlewood’s Miscellany edited by Bells Bollobas
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman
Wyke Sixth Form College hold train to teach information events which offer you a great insight into this course. If you are interested in attending one of these events, please complete this form and we will be in contact with the key information.
Please note that the applications for this course can be submitted by following the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page. Applications are made through the University of Huddersfield rather than Wyke Sixth Form College. We look forward to meeting with you.
Students have gone on to a wide variety of careers from their Mathematics A Level. These include; Mathematics at York Biochemistry at Queen Mary University London Natural Sciences at Cambridge Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University and Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University.
At Wyke Start, our 2-day taster event in July, each of your subjects will set you some work to complete to help prepare you for the course. The work is available to download on https://www.wyke.ac.uk/wyke-start-summer-work