Pure (Core) Mathematics is studied mainly for its beauty and intellectual training, though many techniques are vital to Applied Mathematics as well as the Sciences, Geography and Economics. This aspect is mainly algebra based, but includes such areas as calculus, trigonometric functions, vectors, numerical methods and series.
Students will also study two aspects of Applied Mathematics, namely, Mechanics and Statistics.
Mechanics is the theoretical study of objects acted on by forces encompassing both kinematics and statics of particles. Topics include moments, centres of mass, mechanical energy and collisions.
Statistics deals with the organisation, analysis and interpretation of numerical data, in particular, a supplied data set.
To study this course, you will need at least a Grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE and a flair for algebra at GCSE Level. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE English.
You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses, which could lead onto Higher Education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics, or more general Higher Education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser or Teacher. It will help you to develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the Economic and Financial sectors.