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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This exciting new course will help you to use maths in a range of ‘real-world’ contexts to prepare for success in your studies, future career and life.

Half the size of an A-level, this one-year course will develop your mathematical skills and thinking appropriate for a Level 3 qualification. You will become more confident and competent in using maths and the qualification will be considered for UCAS points if you are planning to study at university in future.

The course is particularly useful for students taking subjects such as A-level Biology, Business Studies, Economics, Computing, Geography, Psychology, BTEC Applied Science, Health and Social Care, and IT – as well as technical and vocational qualifications.

Entry requirements

You need a grade 5 or higher tier GCSE Maths, alongside the entry requirements for your other A-level courses.

Course Content

You will learn and apply real-world maths throughout your studies. This will equip you with skills for scenarios and contexts you are likely to encounter in vocational and academic study, future employment and life.

As part of the programme, you will study data analysis, maths for personal finance, estimation, critical path and critical analysis.

How will I be assessed?

There are two examinations at the end of the year.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

This course will provide additional UCAS points to support your university application. You will gain 24 UCAS points if you achieve a grade A, 20 for grade B, 16 for grade C, 12 for grade D and 8 for grade E.

Careers

Your mathematical skills will be enhanced and improved, providing you with an important asset to impress potential employers across many sectors.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.   And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.  
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.   While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.  
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.  
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.  
 
She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.  
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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