It is a stimulating and intellectually challenging discipline; not only that, it is a powerful and versatile subject that underpins (and is occasionally vital to) a multitude of other subjects. The course aims to build on work you will have already met at GCSE, but it also involves new and powerful ideas and concepts.
However, it is certainly NOT for the faint-hearted! Studying Mathematics is an active process; just reading around the subject and keeping a few notes is quite simply not enough! You have to roll up your sleeves and get ‘down and dirty’ with the likes of numerical problems, algebra, trigonometry and geometry.
A competence in Mathematics is highly desirable to universities, colleges or employers alike. You may like to know that for individuals considering a future in some of today’s most financially rewarding careers, confidence in using Mathematics on a daily basis is an essential prerequisite. Furthermore, researchers at the London School of Economics have recently established that people who have studied Mathematics at this level can expect to earn up to 11% more than colleagues, even those doing the same job!
For careers where Mathematics isn’t an absolute requirement, other Mathematics skills learned at AS and A level, such as logical thinking, problem solving and statistical analysis, are often highly valued in the workplace.
Students applying for an A Level in Maths should achieve at least a level 6 in GCSE Maths and, at least level 4 in English Language and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to bring a reference from their GCSE Maths Tutor.
Due to recent A level reform by the government, from September 2017 the A level course follows linear specifications and 100% prescribed content. This is a significant shift from the previous form of assessment; Decision Mathematics modules are no longer on the syllabus.
The new exams will place increased emphasis upon problem solving, mathematical argument, reasoning and modelling questions.
The new standalone AS and linear A level examinations include compulsory Statistics and Mechanics components of assessment alongside the Pure Mathematics.
Learners will be introduced to the wider use of technology in mathematics. They will experience working with real data in the classroom and explore this data using appropriate technology such as graphing calculators, which are now required in all examinations.
For our A Level subjects, we aim to:
This helps make sure that no one is ever left behind, has one-to-one support whenever needed and a learning approach which is individual to each student. This is to help you achieve the best possible grade you can.
Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science, technology and many others. Maths qualifications can help you towards a future career in these areas. It is also a useful support for many University courses which increasingly can involve statistics modules. There is currently a national shortage of qualified mathematicians.