STUDENTS from Farnborough Sixth Form College will feature in a documentary on A levels currently being filmed by the BBC.

Johnny Ball, the well-known broadcaster, is filming in the college with a particular emphasis on mathematics, for which the college recently received a Beacon award.

Television crews have been filming students at work, concentrating on lessons where second year students support first year students.

They are also featuring the use of interactive whiteboards in teaching to enhance the understanding of difficult concepts.

Director of Mathematics at the college, Mike Collis, said: "The main point we want to emphasise is that teaching mathematics is different now from 30 years ago.

"Students learn how to apply their mathematical knowledge through coursework and projects as well as through traditional examinations.

"It is certainly not easier, but it is different."

Johnny Ball said: "If mathematics is to be understood widely we need to emphasise its elegance and its applications. Sometimes it seems that universities want to emphasise how difficult it is."

College Principal Dr John Guy said: "I am delighted the BBC has chosen this college and our students as the focal point for a national debate on standards.

"The students have strong views on the matter and have been expressing them cogently before the television cameras."

As part of the programme some of the students and their parents, along with various industrialists, will sit an A level maths examination containing old and new A level questions.

"It will be interesting to see if the adults can do the questions we have to study for," said Kate Dare, 18, one of the students who will be featured in the programme.

The show will be broadcast on BBC1 television on Monday, May 13, at 7.30pm.