At A level, you have the opportunity to explore much more of Mathematics, both in its pure form and
as a subject with a wide range of practical applications. We hope that you will come to love mathematics as a creative discipline full of wonder and excitement, an activity that is intrinsically rewarding. Those studying Mathematics will study pure mathematics and applied mathematics including statistics and
mechanics. The A level in mathematics is a linear course with no optional modules.
Those studying Further Mathematics will complete two A levels over the course of the Sixth Form:
Mathematics and Further Mathematics. In Year 12, you will complete the linear Mathematics course which will be examined at the end of Year 12. In Year 13, you will complete compulsory topics in further pure mathematics and optional topics which may include Further Statistics, Further Mechanics, Decision Mathematics and Additional Further Pure Mathematics with linear examinations at the end of Year 13.
Beyond A level
Whatever you want to do after school, Mathematics A level is very highly regarded. Those who have
studied mathematics are able to solve problems creatively, think logically and abstractly, are rigorous,
and (of course) have facility with numbers.
At University you could study Mathematics alone, beginning with a broad range of mathematical areas
and specialising later on, or you can combine Mathematics with a remarkable diversity of other
subjects, for example Physics, a Modern Foreign Language, Biochemistry, Economics, Humanities and
Psychology. Alternatively, you may wish to study a mathematics-related subject such as Physics,
Veterinary Science, Computing, Engineering, and Medicine.
The step up from GCSE to A level Mathematics c an be daunting. In order to access the A level material, it is important to work to a minimum GCSE grade of 6 for Mathematics, and 7/8 for Further Mathematics. In particular, fluency with (and enjoyment of) the harder GCSE level Algebra is important.