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A-Level Mathematics

Course Information

  • Course Code: 7850-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

Do you like solving problems? Have you got a clear and logical mind? Do you like a challenge?  If so A-Level Mathematics is the subject for you. Mathematics is not only interesting, but the skills that are developed are much sought after by employers. The aim of the course is to not only enhance students' knowledge of pure maths but also the application of mathematics, and build upon what you have learnt in school.  Mathematics compliments other subjects such as Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Computing and Psychology.

What will I study?

A-Level Maths has recently been reformed. AS – level maths is now split into two components. You will study pure maths which is primarily the core algebra skills and this includes methods such as quadratic functions, surds, rearranging formulae, trigonometry and calculus methods. In addition to the pure maths will also study applied maths and this is split into two areas: mechanics, which is essentially forces and motion, and statistics, which includes interpreting and representing data. To achieve an AS – Maths grade you sit two exams. In the second year of study you will continue to build on the knowledge you have gained in the first year in all three areas: pure, mechanics and statistics. To achieve an A – level maths award you will sit three exams.

Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Maths you will need 5 x C/4  grades at GCSE, one of which needs to be  GCSE English Language.  Please note that for A-Level Maths you will need a grade B /5 in Higher Tier Maths.

How will I be assessed?

A-Level maths is exam based only. To achieve an AS–Maths award you sit two exams in the summer. However if you continue onto the second year these results are superseded by the full A-Level award and to achieve this you will sit three exams in the final year.

What can I do next?

Gaining an A-Level in Mathematics provides both universities and employers with the evidence of someone with the ability to recognise problems and produce clear and concise solutions. It would be useful for those who wished to study a degree in Mathematics, Pharmacy, Engineering, Physics or Medicine. For those who study A-Level Maths and beyond there are a vast number of career pathways which include areas such as business & finance, computing, engineering and economics. 

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers design, build and maintain aircraft and the parts and instruments that go into them. They also work at the forefront of technology on space vehicles and satellites.

If you are passionate about aircraft and spacecraft, and want to be involved in their development, this job could be perfect for you.

To become an engineer you will need excellent maths skills, the ability to solve problems and a methodical approach to work.

To do this job you will normally need a HND, degree or postgraduate award in a relevant engineering subject.

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Further Education Lecturer

Further education (FE) lecturers teach students over the age of 16. Also known as further education tutors or teachers, they work with some 14 to 16 year-olds studying work-related subjects. If you enjoy spending time with young adults and want a teaching career, this could be perfect for you.

To become a further education lecturer, you will need to be able to relate well to students of all ages and abilities. You’ll need good organisation and planning skills. You’ll also need patience and a sense of humour.

To qualify as an FE lecturer, you'll need at least a level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach as well as a teaching qualification.

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Data Analyst-statistician

As a data analyst, you would collect numerical information and present results. Usually this would be in the form of graphs and charts. It would also be in diagrams, tables and reports. It would be your job to identify trends and create models to predict what might happen in the future. If you are keen on maths, and you want a challenging career, this could be ideal for you.

To do this job you are going to need to have good IT skills. You must have strong problem-solving skills. You will also need a high level of accuracy.

For most jobs you will need a degree in statistics, mathematics or another subject involving working with numbers.

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Market Research Data Analyst

Market research data analysts study statistics and written information collected through market research surveys. These can be consumer, industrial or social and political surveys, required by all types of clients in industry, business and government.

If you’re good with numbers and statistics, and would like a job reporting on public opinions, this could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need to be a good communicator and problem-solver. You’ll also need to work accurately and pay attention to detail, while handling a lot of information.

To get into this job, a degree in statistics or a related subject is preferred. You could also start out as a junior analyst or research assistant and work your way up.

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Physicist

Physicists study the world around us and try to uncover the laws which govern how and why objects exist and behave as they do. Their research and findings act as the scientific basis for developments in all kinds of technology from communications and energy efficiency to space and satellites.

If you're good at science and maths, and a logical thinker, being a physicist could be the career for you. You'll also need an enquiring mind and the ability to communicate well.

To get into this job you will usually need a degree in physics, applied physics or a related science or engineering subject. You may also need a relevant postgraduate qualification such as an MSc, MPhil or PhD.

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Pharmacist

Pharmacists provide expert advice on the use and supply of drugs and medicines. As a pharmacist your work would include checking prescriptions, dispensing medicines and making sure that laws controlling medicines are followed.

If you are interested in science and healthcare, this career could be for you. To do this job you will need a high level of scientific understanding and ability. You will also need to be responsible and security-conscious.

Before you can work as a pharmacist, you will need to complete a five-year programme of education and training. This includes a four-year Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree and a one-year pre-registration training course in a pharmacy.

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University Preperation

We will help students prepare for any university entrance exam for a maths based degree. This includes an entrance exam for universities such as Oxford but we will also provide help and guidance for the Sixth Term Exam Papers (STEP), which some universities require students to undertake if they wish to study a Maths degree

Math Enrichment

We give students the opportunity to take part in both the Senior Team Maths Challenge and the Senior Maths Challenge. The team challenge is comprised of a four person team who take on other schools and colleges in three events at The University of Manchester. If successful they go onto to a national final in London. We give all students the chance to partake in the individual challenge, which is a ninety minute multi-choice test where you can achieve a gold, silver or bronze award. If successful you can then do the Kangaroo maths challenge. The college enrichment programme allows us to prepare students for these on a Wednesday afternoon. 

Math Lessons and Support

At Blackburn College you will have three lessons a week, each being an hour and a half. We have lunchtime support sessions throughout year, which you will be nominated to attend if you are struggling on a topic or you can simply drop into if you wish to do extra work. In addition to the stated we also provide booster/revision classes to provide additional support.

University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.