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# Mathematics

Qualification:

A Level
Level:

3 **Exam Board: **Pearson

Duration:

2 years ### Course Content:

Doing Mathematics A-Level at Alton College you will study:

**2/3rds Pure Maths:**

Extend your skills in algebra, trigonometry and co-ordinate geometry from GCSE. Plus new topics such as:

- Calculus: What is the most efficient size for a baked bean tin to minimise the metal used? How fast do sky divers reach?
- Sequences & Series: If you invest £1000 every year into a bank account with 3% interest, how long is it till you save £20,000?
- Exponentials: What will the world’s population be in 2050? How hot will a cup of tea be 10 minutes after making it?

**1/6th Mechanics:**

- Newton’s Laws of Motion are used to model cars pulling trailers up hills, friction, projectiles and see-saws.

**1/6th Statistics:**

- Sampling, data presentation and interpretation from Large Data Sets; probability; and statistical hypothesis testing. Can you tell if a new drug is working after trialling it on patients?

### Assessment:

100% exams; consisting of 3 exam papers, each 2 hours long.

### Studying at Alton College:

### Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

For A-level Maths you must have at least a Grade 6 (preferably a 7 or above) in GCSE Maths. In addition, you need to enjoy Maths – especially algebra!

If you are expecting a grade 7 or above, you could consider taking A-level Maths and Further Maths.

If you would like to use your mathematical skills in a more practical way to solve problems in a real-world context, you could consider studying the Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) – please see the separate subject leaflet to find out more.

### Course costs:

Student Course Materials: £7 each year.

New calculator: £23 - £87, depending on the scientific/graphical model.

### Mathematics works well with:

Physics

Computing

Engineering

Economics

Electronics

Chemistry

Biology

Business

Geography

And (almost) all other subjects!