A level Mathematics is the biggest facilitating subject in the country. It is essential for a number of future destinations and the problem solving skills the course develops are also desirable on many other courses.
What will I study?
The A level Mathematics specification is changing for first teaching in 2017. As such, students will only be examined at the end of their second year. The Mathematics A-level has two-thirds of content looking at pure mathematics, one-sixth looking at mechanics and one-sixth looking at statistics. Students will sit three papers at the end of their second year, each lasting for two hours.
Please be assured, the step up from GCSE to A-level is not as steep as some people would have you believe, and we within the maths department will make sure you have the support and guidance necessary to be successful with this transition.
As part of our commitment to ensuring students enjoy the challenges that studying mathematics brings, we arrange a number of activities throughout the year to enrich their experience.
These include attending problem-solving days at local universities, entering a range of individual and team challenges both locally and nationally and attending residential sessions at local universities with a view to undergraduate study of Mathematics.
Students will also have the opportunity to enter and be supported with preparing for a number of examinations that are required for university entry, such as STEP, MAT, BMAT or AEA.
We run a GCSE Maths re-sit for those wishing to improve their grade to a C.
Where might it lead?
Studying Mathematics is challenging, rewarding and stimulating and helps to develop the problem solving and reasoning skills that are so highly valued by employers.
There is an increasing demand (and pay) from universities and employers with maths skills and there are an increasing number of careers using mathematics explicitly. These include: logistics (shipping Amazon orders efficiently), marketing, science, engineering, technology, financial services, game design and statistics (including analysing ‘Big Data’).