Knowledge of maths is fundamental to many areas of higher education and is a national shortage subject. Mathematics complements studies in many areas such as the sciences, finance, economics and business, computer studies or engineering.
The core of the subject is Pure Maths, which takes the basic Maths topics you have done at GCSE and extends them to form the key ‘tool kit’ upon which all Maths is based. There is no longer an option and students will now study topics from both Statistics and Mechanics. As Maths is now linear there will be 3 exam papers each 2 hours long at the end of year 2.
The core of the subject is Pure Maths. This takes the basic Maths topics of number, algebra, graphs and trigonometry and extends them to form the key 'tool kit' upon which all Maths is based. This includes Calculus, the Mathematics of growth and change, which has many applications in all aspects of the subject.
In addition to Pure Maths you will study Statistics and Mechanics which makes up paper 3. Statistics looks at the Mathematics of data or information and extends many ideas such as averages, standard deviation and probability. Mechanics is the study of forces and the movement of objects and has many applications in the sciences, particularly physics and engineering.
Why study Maths?
Mathematics is a fascinating and rewarding area of study and students work in an atmosphere that is both challenging and supportive. Members of the Maths team use a variety of teaching strategies including ILT to ensure that the experience of students is both satisfying and rewarding. In addition there is an extensive support programme designed to provide extended opportunities for successful and timely help for those who need it. Knowledge of maths is fundamental to many areas of higher education and is a national shortage subject.
Mathematics complements studies in many areas such as the sciences, finance, economics and business, computer studies or engineering. In virtually all areas of the science industry and commerce Mathematics plays a key role. Examples include hospitals, city councils, high technology and manufacturing to name a few. In fact it is in pretty much any area you can think of.
What else can you do on the course?
We try to make your learning as relevant as possible by including visits to exhibitions and employers where you can see the real-world application of your subject.
To be considered for entry onto our A Level courses you should have:
Three Grade 5s (Bs) plus two Grade 4s (Cs) including Grade 4s in English Language and Maths plus a high average GCSE point score and any individual subject requirements.
Maths GCSE grade 6/B (Higher Tier) and 55/BB in Core and Additional Science or 5/Bs in separate science. To take Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths you need an average point score of at least 6.0 if you take any of these subjects.
Most of our A-Level students also go on to study at top Universities. An increasing number study for a degree in Maths (either on its own or part of a joint degree) while others use their A-Level Maths qualification as an entry to a wide range of degree subjects.