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To help develop your maths problem-solving and analytical skills this course allows you to study core areas.

To help develop your maths problem-solving and analytical skills this course allows you to study core areas. Pure core mathematics will build ideas in algebra and functions, sequences and series, geometry, trigonometry and calculus, followed by the conceptual foundations for applications in statistics and mechanics and beyond.

You will also develop an understanding of advanced mathematics and appreciate some of its powerful applications.

This course can be studied as part of the business or science pathway.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

The course includes four units of pure maths and then your study will include the following: 

  • Unit 1: core 1 algebra and functions - coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane sequences and series, differentiation integration
  • Unit 2: core 2 algebra and functions - coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane sequences and series, trigonometry exponentials and logarithms, differentiation integration
  • Unit 3: statistics 1 or mechanics 1. mathematical models in either probability and statistics or in mechanics. The course is modular and students will study two modules consisting of pure mathematics, and either mechanics or statistics, per year
  • Unit 4: core 3 algebra and functions, trigonometry exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods
  • Unit 5: core 4 algebra and functions - coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane sequences and series differentiation integration vectors
  • Unit 6: statistics 1, statistics 2, mechanics 1 or mechanics 2

 

How I'll learn

You will develop an understanding of advanced mathematical techniques and of coherence, connectedness and progression in mathematics. Importantly, you will practice using these techniques in difficult, unstructured problems.

You will practice the learning skills necessary for successful further academic study or employment, including persistence, effort, listening to and working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time.

By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.

 

How I'll be assessed

There is no formal coursework assessment on this course but you will undergo a number of timed examinations.

 

Entry Requirements

Minimum 6 academic GCSEs at A*-C (4) including English Language and Maths, but excluding PE, Dance, Catering i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will also need a minimum grade 6 (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths.

You will need (for year 1): An advanced scientific calculator; we recommend the Casio fx-991EX as a minimum (around £30), or alternatively, the Casio graphical calculators fx-9750, fx-9860 or fx-CG20 (around £60, £80 and £110 respectively).

Optionally, a hard copy of the textbook “AQA A-Level Mathematics Year 1 (AS)” by Goldie et al, published by Hodder (paperback ISBN 9781471852862 £27.99). Access to an electronic version of this textbook is expected to be provided, which you can access in class by smartphone or tablet if you have one. 

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.)

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.