Mathematics is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research, and problem solving skills. Not only will studying Mathematics help give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems. It will also help you develop the logic skills required to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively. Mathematics is one of the most sought after facilitating subjects and is often favoured or required for further study or employment.
- Skills and knowledge development
- Application of skills and knowledge to practical situations
- Methods of working logically
Students Suited To The Course
Students with a love of Mathematics, a logical way of thinking and a desire to link Mathematics to the real world will enjoy this course.
What Other Subjects Combine Well With It
Mathematics is predominantly thought to link with the sciences but is equally suited to those interested in Product Design, Music and Languages. It is a subject that should be considered for a wide range of careers such as medicine, dentistry, engineering and psychology.
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The course is taught and examined in two parts, Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Students will feel most familiar with Pure Mathematics as it builds on and extends on knowledge from number, algebra, geometry, ratio and proportion. The Applied Mathematics builds on and extends on knowledge of probability and statistics as well as introducing mechanics, which closely link with Physics.
Pure Mathematics 1 & Pure Mathematics 2
- Algebra and functions
- Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
- Sequences and series
- Exponentials and logarithms
- Numerical methods
Section A: Statistics
- Statistical sampling
- Data presentation and interpretation
- Statistical distributions
- Statistical hypothesis testing
Section B: Mechanics
- Quantities and units in mechanics
- Forces and Newton's laws
A-Level assessment consists of three 2 hour written exams taken at the end of the two year course. Each exam will be worth one third of the A Level. Two of the papers will draw on material from Pure mathematics and the third on the Applied Mathematics. The questions will assess three key areas: mathematical argument; language & proof; problem solving and modelling.
Mathematics will have huge benefits for your future whatever you choose to study or career you choose to pursue.
Not only does Mathematics have direct links to careers (as previously mentioned) but it is also seen as a facilitating subject i.e. one which will help you with other subjects and (indirectly linked) careers. It may not be a subject at all relevant to your chosen degree/career path but shows future educators/employers that you have logical processing skills and good written communication skills that are broadly appealing to everyone.