Mathematics should be studied for its fascinating sophistication and 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 (Mechanics and Statistics).
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.
Applied Maths helps us to understand how modelling can turn a complicated real-world problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematical methods.
Mechanics describes the motion of objects and how they respond to forces, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet.
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.
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GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics. Students will also need to pass an entrance test.
Students will need to purchase a specific calculator for the course: Casio FX991ex.
You will discover and explore maths by discussion and group work as well as independent research and practical work.
The course will be linear with all exams at the end of the two years of study. At A Level there are three exams: two Pure papers and one Applied (Mechanics and Statistics). The content from both years of study is examined in these three papers.
Maths 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 business, accountancy or computing.
Meet the A Level expert
Gavin has a Master’s degree in Mathematics as well as PGCE from the University of York.
Gavin said: “This is the A Level to choose if you are interested in maths and performed well at GCSE level. The course allows you to deepen your mathematical understanding whilst profiting on its desirability in other career areas, from medicine and computing.”