AS / A2 Mathematics
Hartlepool Sixth Form College offers a choice of courses in Mathematics at AS and Alevel to best suit the needs of the subjects you are studying and your interests in Mathematics. To study a course in AS Mathematics, you need to have at least a grade B (grade A advised) in GCSE Mathematics and have a good knowledge of higher tier GCSE.
In your first year of study you will study AS Mathematics. You will take three modules, comprising of two core modules and one applied module.
The core modules take what you have learnt at GCSE and extend it a little further, together with introducing topics which will be new to you. Topics covered in core mathematics include algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus to give you a good foundation in the four main areas of Mathematics.
In your second year, you will take another two compulsory core modules building upon the work you have covered at AS Level as well as a further applied module.
The applied modules that you will study are

Probability and Statistics which is about the understanding, analysis and interpretation of data.
 Decision Mathematics looks at the analysis of networks using algorithms. This module is particularly useful for students studying Business and Computing.
If you are good at Mathematics; why not consider studying Further Mathematics? If you choose to study Further Mathematics, you will cover all of the applied modules mentioned above as well as some extra modules in Mechanics and Statistics, developing your understanding of these branches of Mathematics further.
Assessment
AS:
Written Paper: 3 x 1 hour 30 minute papers (72 marks)
Weighting: 33 1/3% of total AS marks/ 16 2/3% of total A Level marks
 Core 1 Exam
 Core 2 Exam
 Probability & Statistics 1 Exam
A2:
Written Paper: 3 x 1 hour 30 minute papers (72 marks each)
Weighting: 33 1/3% of total AS marks/ 16 2/3% of total A Level marks
 Core 3 Exam
 Core 4 Exam
 Decision Mathematics 1 Exam
Progression
Mathematics is a requirement on most Science courses, but an A level in Mathematics could lead to the study of the following at University:
 Mathematics (Some universities also require Further * Mathematics)
 Engineering (Maths is a requirement for all types)
 Economics
 Business Studies
 Accounting
A degree in Mathematics can lead to a career in almost any sector, except those that require specific training e.g. medicine with popular career choices being:
 Statistician
 Accountant
 Actuary
 Operational research
Student Profiles
I was naturally good at maths so it seemed obvious to carry on studying to A level. However the main factor behind my choice was that I enjoyed it, so much so that I chose to take on Further Maths as another A Level.
I enjoy maths because of the problem solving aspect to the subject, a key factor of Maths at A level. HSFC also gave me the opportunity to take part in the Senior Maths Challenge. After obtaining a Silver award I was asked to take part in the Senior Team Maths Challenge (STMC), where three other students and I competed against 16 other colleges. This competition required a range of skills such as strategy, communication, teamwork and especially problem solving. Even though the problems were difficult, I hugely enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in taking part.
In the future I am going to continue to study Maths and Further Maths to A2 level and probably to degree level. Taking maths at Brinkburn was a very good decision for me; it has given me the opportunity to take part in a range of events and the satisfaction of finding the solution to a difficult problem makes Maths much more enjoyable than at GCSE.