Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – Edexcel

Course Description

If Maths gives you a buzz at GCSE then taking it further could be for you. Maths is a subject that brings many others together and is the tool used in a wide range of areas. Maths supports work undertaken in sciences, as well as subjects such as Psychology, Business and Geography. It is a subject held in high regard by higher education institutions and employers.

You will learn how to analyse a situation, select the methods required and confidently apply them successfully to solve the problem and be able to explain how you have done it. These methods will include some you have done already but at a greater level and many new ones such as calculus and probability methods. With these you will be able to see how strategies to cure diseases are created while looking at methods that are used in quantum mechanics to create algorithms used by satellites, GPS and population behaviour investigations.

The course structure consists of three parts the first two of which are called Pure Maths 1 and 2 with one studied in year 12 and the other in year 13; these look at the core methods that are used in all areas such as solving equations, working with graphs and calculus. The third component is a module that provides an introduction to Statistics and Mechanics, the latter being the maths of physics.

Interesting fact about studying this at S6C

Maths at S6C generally has smaller classes that allow students to develop their skills independently while still having rapid access to support. Teaching is given by staff with experience at applying maths in business, the military and industry, as well as education.

Entry Requirements

To study this course you will need to meet the overall entry requirements for Pathway 1 or 2 including a grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics.

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