Is this course right for me?

Would you like to develop your mathematic skills at an advanced level? This course develops your understanding of maths, both the underlying concepts and the advanced implications. It will enhance your interest in the subject and its wider applications, allowing you to excel. It will also provide skills that are invaluable for many Higher Education courses, and can lead to careers in engineering, accounting, teaching, computing and many other areas.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include the following: English or Welsh (1st language), Mathematics (Higher Tier) (Grade B)
  • Please note that GCSE Mathematics (Intermediate Tier) is not accepted
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

This course is delivered as follows:

  • Group work
  • Classroom based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment). 

Assessment:

This course is assessed through a range of activities these can include:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Portffolios of work
  • Performance and observation

Progression:

Whether you study the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions. This includes degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, and other subjects.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Bangor

    You can develop a fuller understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes, and their importance for Science, Commerce and other aspects of modern life.

    Unit information

    You will be studying six modules in all. This consists of 4 pure maths modules (C1,C2,C3,C4), 1 mechanics module (M1) and 1 statistics module (S1), which together gives you a broad experience in using and applying mathematical methods. You will be engaged using learning methods such as group work, short tests as well as the more traditional lectures and tutorials. Students wishing to sit the AS-level examinations will be required to study the modules C1, C2 and S1. Students wishing to continue their studies for a full A-level qualification in their second year will study the modules C3, C4 and M1.

    AS Module: C1

    Topics covered in this module include algebra, which is an essential component of the entire course, coordinate geometry, binomial expansions and differentiation. Students will get to try their hand at graph-sketching and how this can be applied to solve real problems.

    AS Module: C2

    The second pure maths module is essentially an extension of C1, where students get to understand and apply more advanced mathematics. Some of the topics covered in this module will include group work.

    AS Module: S1

    The statistics module covers probability theory, random variables, and probability distributions.

    A2 Module: C3

    This pure maths module continues from C1 and C2, and covers more advanced mathematical analysis.

    A2 Module: C4

    Continuing from C1, C2 and C3, the C4 module completes the pure maths element of the course.

    A2 Module: M1

    This mechanics module introduces the student to the application of mathematics to real-world problems. It is particularly useful for students studying physics (or engineering), and includes topics such as motion in a straight line, friction and momentum.