At A Level students will study both Pure and Applied Mathematics. Pure Mathematics develops the ideas introduced at GCSE, such as Algebra, Graphs and Trigonometry. The Applied Mathematics content is drawn from Statistics and Mechanics. Studying Mathematics gives students techniques for understanding and solving problems and it encourages the development of a logical and enquiring mind.
Maths can provide you with the problem solving and analytical skills that are useful in almost every career path and it is very highly regarded by many employers. You will have the opportunity to take part in the Senior Maths Challenge which will test your logic and ability to solve problems. There is a trip to see the Maths in Action Show in the first term.
Mathematics goes well with every subject and it is probably the most marketable A Level in terms of acceptability. There are good economic reasons for studying Mathematics and it is difficult to think of any further education course or career where it would not be welcomed in combination with other subjects.
A Level Mathematics is welcomed as a qualification for a variety of Higher Education courses.
A Mathematics qualification is vital for some subjects, such as Engineering and Physics, and useful for others, such as Biochemistry and Economics.
Many Mathematics graduates work in Accountancy, Computing, Engineering, Management or Teaching.
Pure Maths makes up two thirds of the A-level and Applied Maths makes up one third (one sixth on Mechanics and one sixth on Statistics).
The final exams consist of three two-hour papers.
Paper 1: 100% Pure
Paper 2: 50% Pure 50% Mechanic
Paper 3: 50% Pure 50% Statistics
This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are a resident in the UK and the European Economic Area or have been for the last 3 years. You must be under 19 years old on 31st August in the calendar year you start your course.