“Mathematics has a pervasive influence on our everyday lives.”
The main reason for studying mathematics to an advanced level is that it is interesting and enjoyable. Students like its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. The A-Level mathematics provides not only the generic skills highly sought after by employers but also the mathematical knowledge specifically required for certain careers. Mathematics is about logical analysis, deduction, calculation and has a pervasive influence on our everyday lives.
The Mathematics A-Level covers:
- Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry; sequences and series; differentiation and integration (calculus); trigonometry; logarithms and exponentials; vectors; numerical methods and other methods which can be used to solve real-world problems.
- Mechanics – the study of forces and motion, as revolutionised by Isaac Newton, which allows predictions to be made about how objects behave in the real world, from the motion of the planets, to a projectile flying through the air.
- Statistics – the study of (and search for) patterns in data, how data can be analysed and used to model real world situations and probability theory can be used to make predictions, identify trends and find the hidden evidence in situations. Statistics is the most widely-used of all mathematical applications.
How will I be assessed?
At the end of Year 12 there will be two written examinations; the pure mathematics exam lasts 2 hours and the statistics and mechanics exam lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. The overall result will form your AS grade.
At the end of Year 13 there will be three written examinations, two in pure mathematics and one in statistics and mechanics, each lasting 2 hours. The overall result will form your final A-Level grade.
Additional Entry Requirements
- GCSE Maths: 6
- GCSE English: 4
These requirements are in addition to the general entry requirements.
All A-Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. You will need at least a grade D at AS to succeed on this course in Year 13.
Where can this course take me?
Mathematics is an essential course for many university degrees, such as sciences, engineering, finance/accounting, computer science and even, in some cases, medicine. It is also a subject which is viewed favourably by University Admissions Tutors for many undergraduate courses.
Beyond and aside from university, mathematics is valuable employment currency in the ever-changing and competitive job market, which can set you apart from other candidates. Of course, an A-Level in mathematics can also be the perfect preparation for undertaking a degree in mathematics, and would be well-accompanied by an A-Level in further mathematics.