Mathematics is a highly regarded A Level, both by universities and employers, because it develops students’ abilities to reason, explain and analyse purposefully and efficiently. These skills are valuable in nearly all subjects and so Mathematics combines well with a wide variety of other A Levels. It is particularly supportive for further study in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Computing, Economics and Finance.
Each year, one unit of core mathematics and one unit of applied mathematics are studied. This provides students with both a broad experience of key mathematical ideas and the opportunity to extend their technical skills to a sophisticated level.
The core units cover a variety of algebraic, numerical and calculus techniques. These include the binomial theorem, summation series, and the theory of logarithms and the process of differentiation. The modules explore how these techniques can be used to solve graphical and contextual problems.
The applied units provide students with an understanding of modelling and the techniques used to analyse and predict using mathematical models, both in Statistics and Mechanics.
Grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics is essential. You should be able to demonstrate a proficiency in algebraic technique, an ability to abstract and generalise, a willingness to apply theory to problem solving and a capacity to persevere. Students who have enthusiasm for Mathematics, don’t give up easily on a problem and review their work regularly, will do very well in Mathematics at A Level.
It is essential for students to be prepared to attend the lunch time 'clinic' for extra help as necessary.