Mathematics

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Why study Mathematics?

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What you learn

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Why study A Level Mathematics?

Five good reasons would be:

  1. Interesting Course
  2. Supports Other A Level Subjects
  3. Preparation for Higher Education
  4. Career Opportunities
  5. Employability Skills

A Level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at GCSE.  Each member of our A Level team is passionate about Mathematics and its role in the world arounds us.  We seek to inspire, challenge and support you to make as much progress with your study of the subject as you can.  The mathematical skills you learn in A Level Mathematics are of great benefit in other A Level subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.  For progression to many courses at university it is important to have strong mathematics skills, we can help you to develop these.  Mathematics is a versatile qualification, well-respected by employers and is seen as a “facilitating” subject for entry to higher education. Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding.  People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career.

The Course Structure

The new A Level specification develops mathematical understanding from the new Mathematics GCSE (9-1) course.  You will be encouraged to think, act and communicate mathematically, providing you with the skills to analyse situations in mathematics and elsewhere.

The mathematical knowledge you can gain will be broad and widely applicable, preparing you for a wide range of destinations.  Content includes in-depth treatments of calculus and proof, alongside statistics and mechanics.  It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how mathematics can be applied to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business.  To meet the demands of the modern working world you will need access to appropriate technology in school and at home.

Internal Assessment

As part of the Year 11 to Year 12 transition the students will complete a transition test at the start of the course and then a cross-topic test approximately every half term. Students will also sit formal mock examinations in Year 12 and Year 13.

External Assessment

There is no coursework assessment and all external exams are sat in Year 13.

All A Level Mathematics students sit the same examinations: no longer a choice of Statistics or Mechanics.

  • Paper 1 (Pure Mathematics): 100 marks, 2 hour written paper, 1/3 of A Level qualification
  • Paper 2 (Pure Mathematics & Statistics): 100 marks, 2 hour written paper, 1/3 of A Level qualification
  • Paper 3 (Pure Mathematics & Mechanics): 100 marks, 2 hour written paper, 1/3 of A Level qualification

Where does A Level Mathematics lead?

A Level Mathematics is a must have for degrees in: physics, engineering, actuarial science, economics and, of course, mathematics, although you may need to study Further Maths as well to do this.

A Level Mathematics is recommended or sometimes required for degrees in: computer science, accounting, chemistry, biology and life sciences, medicine/nursing, dentistry, business studies, management studies, finance, architecture, geology, psychology, surveying and even philosophy.

Some degree subjects, like medicine, require two out of this common set of four subjects: maths, physics, chemistry and biology.

A Level Mathematics is also crucial for studying advanced apprenticeships in accountancy and technology and engineering subjects.

Potential Careers

  • Accounting
  • Astrophysics
  • Business
  • Civil service
  • Computer programming
  • Construction
  • Consultancy
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Forensic pathology
  • Games development
  • Information Technology
  • Medicine
  • Scientific research
  • Teaching

Specific job roles include actuary, business analyst, software engineer, technology analyst, information engineer and speech technology researcher.

Here’s some more information about the many fascinating courses and careers that studying Maths can lead to.

 Why Study Mathematics?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Mathematics A Level 6+ Mathematics  

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.