Hessle Sixth Form College

Who is the course aimed at?     

This is an academically demanding course that is aimed at students who have already chosen to study A Level Mathematics and have a desire to further their studies in the subject. Suitable students possess the ability to:

  • Think mathematically - precisely, logically and creatively
  • Recall, select and use knowledge of mathematical facts
  • Investigate mathematical ideas and test/prove their own hypotheses

Students must also have a positive attitude towards learning and applying mathematics, including confidence and perseverance.

What will you learn?

The compulsory areas of study are:

  • Proof
  • Complex Numbers
  • Matrices
  • Further Algebra and Functions
  • Further Calculus  Further Vectors  Polar Coordinates
  • Hyperbolic Functions  Differential Equations  Trigonometry
  • Numerical Methods
  • Coordinate Geometry

Two additional units are also studied from the following:

  • Application 1 - Mechanics
  • Application 2 - Statistics
  • Application 3 - Discrete

How will you be assessed?         

100% exam based assessment taken at the end of Year 13.

  • 3 written papers
  • Each 2 hours in length
  • Equally weighted - 33.3% of A Level marks each

How will you learn?       

This course will enable students to develop the techniques, skills and methodology required to embark on a career path that requires mathematical rigour. Learning will take place through:

  • Teacher led activities and discussions on the material studied
  • Use of dedicated textbooks to introduce and experience new concepts in mathematics
  • Regular homework tasks and review of these with detailed feedback
  • Working in groups to share ideas, support understanding and solve problems
  • Study of previous examination questions and mark schemes

Enrichment activities and independent learning?           

Students will be expected to undertake independent study to consolidate learning. There will also be access to additional teacher support outside of timetabled lessons.

What or where next?    

Mathematics is a very wide discipline and can lead to further study directly at university or in other areas where mathematics is an important tool, such as:

  • Accounting
  • Engineering 
  • Computing Science
  • Business Studies

Mathematics can lead to a vast array of opportunities and is highly regarded by employers.

More information          

For more information about this course please see the specification below or contact the sixth form team.