About this course
The Mathematics A2 programme follows on from AS Mathematics (Legacy) and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
A-Level Mathematics is a good choice for pupils due to the flexibility that it offers:
- It supports other subjects such as all three sciences, Psychology, Information Technology and many others.
- It develops your ability to think logically and present formal arguments, which is essential in any career.
- It is a challenging qualification, welcomed by all universities, whichever degree course you apply to study.
What you will study
During the course the following areas will be covered:
Unit 3: Pure Mathematics B
Written examination : 2 hours 30 minutes
35% of A level qualification
Candidates will be expected to be familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in Unit 1.
Topics include –
Proof by contradiction
Simplify rational expressions, including by factorising and cancelling and by algebraic division
Sketch curves defined by the modulus of a linear function.
Understand and use composite functions; inverse functions and their graphs
Unit 4: Applied Mathematics B
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
25% of A level qualification
Candidates will be expected to be familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3.
The paper will comprise two sections:
Section A: Statistics (40 marks)
Section B: Differential Equations and Mechanics (40 marks)
Further information on the course specification can be found via the WJEC website; https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/mathematics/r-mathematics-gce-2017/
Course fee per year
Part-time enrolment fee: £0.00
Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.
Teaching and assessment
Three written exams
- The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
- Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
- Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
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- Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
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Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Actuarial Science
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical/Electronic Engineering
- Engineering (General)
- Mechanical Engineering
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