Mathematics should be studied for its inherent elegance as a way of viewing the world around us. Over two years, you will study and investigate a wide range of mathematical concepts. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem-solving in your Maths GCSE, you will definitely find A Level Mathematics an appealing choice.
The content of A Level Mathematics splits broadly into the two strands of Pure Maths and Applied Maths (Statistics and Mechanics).
Two-thirds: Pure Maths extends work covered at GCSE on algebra, trigonometry and graphs, as well as introducing brand new topics such as logarithms, calculus and vectors.
One-sixth: Statistics allows us to investigate real-world data. From this we are able to make predictions and assess the validity of certain statistical models used to analyse the ever-changing world around us.
One-sixth: Mechanics describes the motion of objects and how they respond to forces, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet.
You will discover and explore maths by discussion and group work as well as independent research and practical work.
There will be regular homework and class tests to prepare for the final exams. Assessment is by examination at the end of the two years of study:
Paper 1 and Paper 2 – Pure Maths
Paper 3 – Statistics and Mechanics
The content from both years of study are examined in these three papers.
We generally ask for a GCSE point score of 5 or above to study a two-year A Level programme.
This will ideally include a 5 or above in English and Maths.
Your average GCSE score will include the Grades for all your GCSE subjects, added together, then divided by the number of subjects you’ve taken.
Please note: If you have a GCSE point score between 4 and 5 you can access certain A Level subjects.
Specific entry requirements
Students must have a minimum of Grade 6 in GCSE Maths (although Grade 7 or above is preferred). Students are also required to pass an entrance test before starting the course.
Mathematics is a versatile A Level choice and is highly regarded by Higher Education establishments. Maths is a key component of many degree courses, including computer science, engineering, natural sciences, economics, medicine, geography, architecture and, of course, mathematics itself. Graduates go on to have a wide range of careers in any job where logical thought and problem solving are required such as accountancy, computing, scientific research and medicine.