About the course
Mathematics (from the Greek Μαθηματικά (máthema) meaning knowledge, study, learning) is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change. The mathematician Benjamin Peirce called mathematics "the science that draws necessary conclusions" and that is exactly what you'll do in an A Level Mathematics course.
In your first year you will take two core modules which build a strong platform of core skills including algebra, calculus, trigonometry and curve sketching that can then be applied to a variety of challenging problems as well as modelling real life situations. You also study one applied module of either Mechanics (the mathematics of physics), Statistics (linking data to likely outcomes) or Decision mathematics (optimizing networks, simulation problems).
In your second year, you complete a further two core modules which build upon the foundations laid in the first year and one more applied module.
Will this subject suit me?
You need to have a keen interest in the subject and a good background in algebra. You will enjoy dealing with abstract concepts and the challenge of tackling concepts and difficult questions which require all the knowledge you've amassed.
Personal study time
A Level students are expected to devote as many hours outside of college to their studies as they are given in lessons. Homework will be set regularly, but students are also expected to undertake self-directed study, this is necessary to ensure the underpinning of knowledge is learnt and understood; ensuring further concepts are more easily grasped.
What students say about this subject
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Interesting & Challenging
To study 3 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
To study 4 A Levels: 6 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including English Language and Maths
Additional Requirements: GCSE grade 6-9 in Maths
Where can it lead?
Many students go on to university to take subjects with mathematical content, such as; Mathematical Studies, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or Medicine.
Mathematicians are highly sought after in many fields including financial services, engineering, medicine, insurance, aerospace, construction, education and consultancies.