A level Maths

A level Maths

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A level Maths

A level Maths provides you with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace.  The modern world needs mathematicians.  Maths and science are required for the continued development of our increasingly technological lives.  The UK's economy needs more mathematical skills for the financial, communication, engineering, and transportation sectors, as well as highly specialised scientific areas, such as genome modelling.



Duration 2 years
Study mode Full Time
Start date 02/09/2019
Campus Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus
Course code 15297-01

What you learn

A level Maths is made up of six units.  There are four pure core units which make up two-thirds of the qualification and provide the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus that form the fundamental building blocks of the subject.  Mathematical applications in statistics, mechanics and decision mathematics make up the remaining third of the qualification.




Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop:

  • Analytical thinking skills.
  • The ability to deal with abstract concepts.
  • Advanced numeracy skills.
  • The ability to turn real-world problems into mathematical problems.
  • The ability to tackle a problem by breaking it down into sub-problems, and presenting the solution clearly.
  • Reflective skills in being able to analyse whether answers make sense in context.
  • Self-analysis to determine whether answers are correct and to identify sources of errors.
  • The ability to analyse data, find patterns and extract conclusions.

How you will be assessed

There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.


Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus.  Within our dedicated 'Sixth Form' area, students also have access to a permanently staffed 'Independent Learning Zone', where comfortable seating and a suite of 60 chrome-books are provided to facilitate independent study.

Entry Requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

Additional Entry Criteria - GCSE Grade A*-B/9-5 in GCSE Mathematics.

What's next

Maths provides a foundation for further studies in a variety of subjects including Science and Engineering.  The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A level Maths ensure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas.

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