Mathematics is the most popular A Level and a high proportion of those studying it achieve an A grade. Studies have also shown that people with Mathematics A Level tend to be higher earners. Though this itself may or may not be a good enough reason to study mathematics, the skills it allows you to develop include problem solving, logic and analysing situations. Add in the improvements to your basic numeracy skills and that bit of creativity needed to solve mathematical problems and you’ve got yourself a set of skills which would make you more desirable for almost any job.
The course will enable students to develop logical and methodical thought, the ability to persevere with a task and to employ mathematics confidently in order to analyse and solve problems.
All students study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics modules. Pure Mathematics consists of calculus, algebra, trigonometry, vectors and numerical methods. Mechanics, probability and statistics are applied mathematics. Both of these applications produce models of the real world and suggest solutions to real-life problems. In Mechanics we study forces, energy and velocity. In Statistics we study probability theory and statistical inference. The most able students are encouraged to study Further Mathematics in addition to Mathematics A Level.
Assessment: at the end of Year 13 all topics studied throughout the two year course will be examined.
A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.
GCSE Mathematics grade 7 or above.
Prospects for Progression into H.E. or Future Career:
Mathematics is necessary for most engineering and physical sciences. It is also useful for law and of course any mathematical, statistical or computer science course.
Higher education: Mathematics A Level is necessary for most engineering and physical sciences. It is also useful for law and of course any mathematical, statistical or computer science course.