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Course overview

Maths is a challenging and stimulating subject and good Maths skills lay the foundations for many different careers. The course offers you the chance to build upon existing mathematical knowledge from GCSE in addition to extending into areas such as Mechanics and Statistics. It provides an excellent foundation for higher level study in a wide variety of subjects and is a highly sought-after qualification.

To gain an A Level in Maths you must study a variety of topics, which you can find in more detail in the sections below. The course will cover aspects of three areas in Maths: Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics. You can find detailed information on the website: www.edexcel.co.uk

Year 1
Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Calculus are all examples of Pure Maths topics in the first year. In Mechanics you will look at topics such as Motion In 1 Dimension. In Statistics you will look at topics such as Hypothesis Testing.

Year 2
Numerical Methods, Parametric Equations and Further Calculus are all examples of topics you will study in the second year. In Mechanics, you will also look at topics such as Motion In 2 Dimensions. In Statistics, you will also look at topics such as The Normal Distribution and Conditional Probability.

In addition to lectures and teacher support the course places an emphasis on self-study. We provide you with access to various websites, which is excellent for distance learning too. There are videos and worked examples on the website to help you learn. During the course there are several written assessments in addition to the verbal feedback that you receive from your teacher.

What else do I need to know?

NSCG is a great environment for learning Maths. We have a highly dedicated team with vast experience of teaching A Level students. We also provide support for MAT prospects. Highly motivated/interested students are encouraged to enter AEA (Advanced Extension Award) in Maths.

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What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices.

You should also have GCSE grade 6 or above in Maths at Higher Tier and an average GCSE point score of 6.0.

How is it assessed?

The examining body that we use is Edexcel. It is intended that there will be three exam papers at the end of the second year. There is no coursework element.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

Maths is a highly regarded A Level and many doors of opportunity are open to you if you gain a qualification in this subject. Many of our students go on to university to read subjects such as engineering, mathematics, economics, computer studies and law but there are also students who use the qualification to give them an edge in gaining employment and/or apprenticeships.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Stefn Dreaves, Head of Subject on stefn.dreaves@nscg.ac.uk

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