In the Mathematics department here at Cornwall College St Austell, we are very committed to each individual student achieving their potential. We believe that it is an enjoyable and rewarding subject and an excellent support to a wide range of careers. Members of the maths team use a variety of teaching strategies to ensure that the experience of students is both enjoyable and successful. We are very committed to offering workshops across the week and this provides a strong support programme designed to provide appropriate extension material or timely support for students. In addition we aim to seek ways to enrich and extend the mathematics we teach including an awareness of the wide range of courses and careers where mathematics plays an important if not crucial role.
The number of students obtaining grades A* – B in Mathematics at the college is generally very good and often above the national average. In addition some students go on to tackle the Sixth Term examination papers set by Cambridge University and required or desired by other universities such as Bath and Warwick. St Austell students also take part in the senior UK Maths challenge which is a national competition and attracts a strong entry from the best schools and colleges in the country. Four of our students are also selected each year to take part in the local heat of the National Mathematics Team Challenge. This is another national competition which holds local heats before a national final in London.
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Mathematics is a stimulating and challenging subject which is highly regarded at advanced level. It will equip you with the skills of logical analysis, deduction, problem solving , data handling and modeling that are required in a wide range of careers and both employers and universities are keen to consider you if you have successfully completed a course in A-level Mathematics.
At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in mathematics.
Topics of study:
- Algebra and functions
- Coordinate geometry in the (x.y) plane
- Sequences and series
Small group sizes, outstanding staff and close tutorial support.
The Challenge of the material covered. Mathematics also works extremely well with other A-level choices in the sciences, business and humanities subjects.
Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.