This course offers a natural progression from GCSE Maths.
Important support for Physics, other sciences and engineering. The statistical elements also provide valuable support for Geography, Psychology and Sociology.
University courses in Computing and Economics often require Mathematics at A level.
In the first year you will study topics in both Pure and Applied Mathematics. Pure Mathematics includes algebra, trigonometry, sequences and series and calculus (differentiation and integration). You will also learn how to use a graphical calculator effectively to enhance your problem solving skills.
In the first year the Applied Mathematics covers topics in Statistics. The Statistics topics will include probability distributions, correlation and regression.
In the second year you will continue to study topics in both Pure and Applied Mathematics including logarithms calculus and trigonometry. You will study Mechanics and Statistics in Applied Mathematics. In Mechanics you will study vectors, kinematics, dynamics and momentum. In Statistics you will analyse a large data set issued by the examination board, this will involve using a computer and specialist software such as Excel and Autograph.
Support is also provided for students preparing to take STEP or AEA papers for entry to university.
Students will be able to enter the UK Maths Challenge. We also enter teams for the UK Maths Team Challenge and Pop Maths Quiz in Sheffield.
A graphical calculator is essential; the purchase of a suitable model with the required probability distributions will be organised through the Mathematics department at a discounted rate of approximately £67.
Minimum average GCSE score required 4.5. Grade 6 Maths.
This course could lead onto higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser, Business Analyst, Quantity Surveyor, Insurance Underwriter or Teacher.