In A Level Mathematics you should be prepared to learn many new techniques, some in new areas that are not part of the GCSE syllabus. At A Level, the focus is on the methods used to solve problems, the ability to adapt your knowledge to different situations, and modelling the real world using algebra. All students will also study topics in Mechanics and Statistics, the former being the mathematical language of Physics, and the latter about analysing data to understand the world around us and using probability models to predict how likely an event is to occur.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English, with at least two at grade 6. You should have Maths at grade 7.
While many jobs may not appear to require the study of Mathematics, the subject can lead to many important employment skills. Students learn to solve a variety of problems, adapting their knowledge to different areas of the syllabus. Mathematics is also a subject that teaches the need for clear communication. Clearly some careers are more directly related to the subject. Engineers, actuaries and economists all use a wide range of mathematical skills. However, most careers will have some requirement to interpret information and analyse statistical data. Career pathways that students choose to go down are varied including Medicine and IT/coding. Previous Maths students have completed work placements with a financial consulting company.
Components of Course
In the first year students will extend their work in areas such as algebra, coordinate geometry, trigonometry and sequences, while also introducing new areas of maths such as differentiation and integration. Students will also cover applied maths topics such as probability, data interpretation, kinematics and forces.
In the second year, students will look at more advanced work, especially in the areas of differentiation and integration, and will also cover further applied maths topics.
The final grade for A Level Mathematics is assessed entirely by examination at the end of two years.
Students will also receive regular testing each half term, and a mock at the end of year 1, in order to keep track of their progress through the course.
3 exams, each 2 hours in length
Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics
Paper 2 – Pure Mathematics
Paper 3 – Statistics and Mechanics