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Mathematics is a highly-regarded qualification which gives students a considerable career advantage in the modern digital economy as well as supporting a wide range of higher education courses. Becoming proficient in Mathematics helps you to develop clear, logical thinking and excellent problem solving skills. It fits well with many other subjects from Computing, Psychology and Music to Economics, Physics and Chemistry.

You will study a range of topics including calculus, mechanics and statistics. Take note though, the course is a significant step up from GCSE and so is suitable only for those who enjoy Mathematics and have strong algebraic skills.

The majority of students go on to higher education, studying a range of subjects including Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematical Biology, Computer Science, Finance and Actuarial Science.

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and at least a Grade 6 in Mathematics.

On this course you will study:

  • Pure mathematics
  • Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, vectors, coordinate geometry
  • Statistics
  • Data representation, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, sampling
  • Mechanics
  • Force, Newton’s Laws of Motion, centre of mass, momentum

Staff produce a wide range of teaching and revision materials to help all students excel in mathematics, whatever their ability. These include:

  • Sessions covering basic algebraic skills are taught to students at the start of their course in September.  The mastering of algebraic techniques is continually addressed throughout the course
  • Internally written additional practice sheets which allow students to develop their skills on individual topics
  • Packs of past papers, with detailed solutions, for exam preparation

Homework will be given each week and there will also be regular progress tests throughout the course. Our Moodle site has worked examples, class PowerPoints, video explanations and links to Integral Mathematics.

Throughout the year, we also run extra booster sessions for those who need to improve particular areas of their mathematics as well as a weekly drop-in workshop where students can come with any questions on class or homework.

We run a popular and successful student mentoring scheme where second year Maths students meet weekly with first year students to support them with developing their understanding of Mathematics.

All content is assessed at the end of the second year in three exams, which are each two hours long.

53% achieved Grade A*-B in June 2016

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I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at South Downs College.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student


The majority of students go on to university, studying a range of subjects from Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Economics and Finance.


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