The A Level Mathematics course is designed to develop a variety of skills including how to use and apply a wide range of algebraic techniques; how to reason, interpret and communicate mathematically; problem solving and mathematical modelling. You will study pure mathematics and some applied mathematics topics. You should have very good algebra skills such as the ability to factorise and solve quadratic equations, solve simultaneous equations and simplify algebraic expressions.
Two thirds of the course is pure mathematics and includes topics such as calculus, trigonometry, algebra and functions, proof, vectors and numerical methods.
You will also study some applied mathematics topics. Mechanics involves the study of forces and moments and how these affect moving objects. Statistics develops a deeper understanding of probability and covers methods for summarising and analysing data. You will be expected to use technology such as spreadsheets and scientific calculators to analyse large real-life data sets.
(Exam board: Edexcel)
(Specification code: 9MA0)
Most lessons involve an introduction to new mathematical skills, investigating concepts, working through example solutions, practising techniques as well as a range of other activities including paired and group tasks. You are expected to spend a good amount of time outside of lessons practising skills, researching and preparing for new topics, checking and reviewing progress and completing homework tasks. A wide variety of resources are available to help you work independently in your own time including video tutorials, worksheets, practical activities, past papers, revision booklets and workbooks.
The course is linear and the topics are studied over two years with assessment taking place at the end of two years. Assessment is through three 2 hour written examinations, two in pure mathematics and one in applied mathematics.
You should have at least a grade 7 in Maths GCSE and an average GCSE score of 5.5. You also need to have excellent algebra skills as algebra forms the basis of the course.
In this subject, particular skills and aptitudes will be required, many of which will be demonstrated by students’ GCSE profiles.
Students will also need to meet the general College entry requirements. Entry requirements are subjects to change.
We have a number of students who go to university to study Mathematics but many also study Engineering, Computing and the Sciences.
Mathematics students often gain employment in the financial services industries.
Many students combine Mathematics with Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, Biology, Geography, Economics and Business Studies, but each year there are students from almost all other subject areas.