Mathematicians are often regarded as excellent problem solvers, which is true!
Deconstructing a problem and thinking analytically is one of the many skills you will develop while studying mathematics.
A mathematician's skill set is not exhausted once they move out of the realm of the numerical. The facets of a student which are developed while studying mathematics are easily extrapolated to other situations and areas. For example, rational and logical thought is something which is required in many, if not all areas, whether it is in a moral or career capacity. The high level of cognition required to comprehend complex and sometimes abstract mathematical problems will be an asset to anyone who chooses to study it.
The course has three overarching themes: mathematical argument, language & proof, mathematical problem solving and mathematical modelling. These will develop our students into well rounded mathematicians.
The course is linear meaning all exams will be taken at the end of the two year course. There will be 3 exams in total, two for Pure and one for Statistics and Mechanics combined. Each 2 hours.
Pure Mathematics: Two thirds of the course is Pure content. Pure 1 and 2 modules cover a range of topics including algebraic methods and calculus and applying them to ‘real life’ models.
Statistics: The final third is partly composed of Statistics. In the Statistics 1 and 2, students will be collecting and analysing data and using this to make predictions about future events. Many subjects make use of statistical information and techniques. An understanding of probability and risk is important in careers like Insurance, Medicine, Engineering and the Sciences.
Mechanics: With strong links to Physics, mechanics modules 1 and 2 will be modelling and analysing the physical world around us, including the study of forces and motion. Mechanics has strong links to science so is particularly useful to students studying physics and engineering.
100% examination. 3 exams, 2 hours each, at the end of the two year course.
Grade 7 at GCSE Mathematics, plus a pass on the Bridging Course Test.
No door is closed from studying Mathematics, the world will be your oyster.
A-level maths is widely considered a facilitating subject meaning that it's preferred by many universities, especially top universities, to get on to their courses.
If you’re thinking of studying at university, courses that are linked to Medicine, Engineering, Finance, Business, Computing, Science or Technology often require Maths A-level.
An advanced qualification in Mathematics is useful in almost all careers too, especially in areas such as Business, Finance, Management, Education, Engineering and Computing.
Student quotes - “I chose to study Maths at A-level as I was very good at it in GCSE and I wanted to learn more advanced maths.” "I took A-level Maths as it is a desirable A-level and especially as I have applied to do Engineering at University.”