Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years Level 3 Full-Time Bede Campus A-Levels

What’s it all about?

This is a course for students who enjoy doing mathematics and have achieved at least a grade 6 at GCSE preferably a level 7.

A-Level maths is for people looking to develop their understanding and skills in mathematics and prepare for future study as well as a wide range of interesting careers.

Students should be prepared to spend twice as many hours outside of the class as they do inside to ensure they perfect and hone their mathematical skills. Regardless of whether you intend to study maths at university the skills you will learn will be a valuable asset in your life journey.

You’ll need five GCSEs at grades 5-9, plus a grade 6 in Maths.

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits. All students studying A-Level Maths are required to purchase a class wiz calculator. The basic model can cost up to £28 (Casio fx-991EX).

The A-Level Mathematics course is a 2 year programme where you will be studying using the Edexcel (9MA0) specification. The main aims of the qualification is to enable you to understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study.

You will cover many topics including:
Using algebra to solve various types of equations
Calculations with irrational numbers
Geometry and trigonometry
Statistical techniques and probability

The course consists of studying four texts published by Pearson:
Pure Mathematics Year 1
Statistics and Mechanics Year 1
Pure Mathematics Year 2
Statistics and Mechanics Year 2

There will be termly assessments during the course to ensure you are on track to achieve your target grade. At the end of your second year you will take three external exams:
Pure Topics Exam Paper One
Pure Topics Exam Paper Two
Statistics and Mechanics Paper

English and maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE maths and/or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

The sixth form day is 9am-4.15 pm, Monday-Friday. You will study each of your subjects for 4hr 45min per week, across three separate lessons. Your timetable will be determined by the combination of subjects that your study, which will be made available to you at the start of the academic year.

You are not required to be on campus when you do not have a timetabled lesson, although we would strongly recommend that you are. Making effective use of our learning facilities and resources during such study periods will ensure that you keep on top of your work and make significant progress in your studies, not to mention developing important time-management, organisation and independent-study skills.

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What’s next?

Many employers and university courses like Mathematics A-Level because it shows that you have a logical mind and are able to use your skills to solve problems.

It also provides a route to many careers including accountancy, aerospace, business, computing, engineering, finance, insurance and science.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.