Mathematics

Department: Mathematics 

Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam Board: Edexcel 

Additional Entry Requirements: Maths GCSE Grade 6. Students should be extremely fluent in GCSE algebra and shape topics. There is preparation work during the summer before starting Year 12, and a competency test in the first week of September. 

Why study Mathematics? 

This course can complement study in many different subjects at A Level or University level. Pure Mathematics develops logical thinking and problem solving, while Statistics will develop useful skills for those doing Humanities subjects or Biology, and Mechanics has strong links with Physics A Level. 

A Level Mathematics can also be ideal for arts or business students who want to continue developing mathematical skills. A qualification in Mathematics is regarded very highly by all universities whatever course is applied for. 

Course Content 

A Level Mathematics covers: 

  • Pure Mathematics (2/3 of the course): algebra, geometry, sequences, calculus 
  • Mechanics (1/6 of the course): motion, forces, moments and vectors 
  • Statistics (1/6 of the course): probability, random variables, hypothesis tests 

There are twelve lessons per fortnight with an equal time of self-study and homework required. Interactive teaching is the norm, and extra-curricular activities are offered to stretch the more able students to help them reach top grades. 

Assessment[Text Wrapping Break]3 exams of 2 hours each (Pure 1 / Pure 2 / Applications) in June of Year 13. 

Careers in Mathematics 

Accountant, Actuary, Statistician, Stockbroker, Engineer, Teacher, … 

Many disciplines use Statistics, including Medicine, Geography, Biology and Environmental Sciences. Mechanics can complement study in Physics or Engineering, but it is not only useful for sciences, as it also covers useful problem-solving skills.