Mathematics at A level is a course that is well worth studying in its own right. It is both challenging and interesting as it builds on the topics you have met at GCSE and develops the ideas further. It is particularly suited to people who enjoy problem solving, computation and logical reasoning including proof. It is a highly sought after qualification in the workplace and in Higher Education.
Mathematics is offered as a two year course.
The course is made up of core content, including but not limited to: calculus, sequences and series, co-ordinate geometry and trigonometry; mechanics and statistics.
A level mathematics is examined at the end of the 2 years in 3 examinations.
Each examination is 2 hours, worth 100 marks and carries equal weighting.
Paper 1 and 2 focus on core content, and Paper 3 is 50% Statistics and 50% Mechanics
Students will require a minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including Mathematics
at grade 7.
There are many areas of employment that see a Mathematics A level as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for vocational courses related to these areas. Higher Education courses or careers that list A level Mathematics as essential or highly desirable include: computing, finance, economics, medicine, architecture, engineering, accountancy, actuary, psychology, chemistry, biology, physics, environmental studies and of course, mathematics itself.
You could also go straight into work as it is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that employers across many industries are looking for.
Mathematics is highly useful support for other mathematics-based subjects, such as sciences, geography, psychology, and sociology. This course supports entry to higher education in mathematics related areas such as electronics, 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 or financial adviser