Mathematics

Why study Mathematics?

Numbers pervade life. Mathematics is the essence of everything around us. Without mathematics, life as we now know, would not exist. An A level in Mathematics improves your chances of entry to any course at University as it shows that you are capable of looking at a problem, analysing it and finding the most appropriate solution. It is also one of the toughest, most demanding A level courses, and hence very highly regarded by admissions tutors at university, particularly those within the Russell Group. It is essential for mathematical courses at university such as Engineering, Mathematics and Physics.

Exam

What will I study?

AS Units

Unit 1: Core Mathematics 1

Content: Taking GCSE algebra and extending it, with an emphasis on quadratic equations. Also, some coordinate geometry and an introduction to calculus.

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute Non-calculator examination

 

Unit 2: Core Mathematics 2

Content: Further Calculus, more work on coordinate geometry and an introduction to trigonometry and radian measure

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute examination

 

Unit 3: Statistics 1

Content: Study of how to use statistics to analyse data, developing GCSE work on averages and spread. Study of probability and an introduction to the Normal Distribution.

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute examination

 

A2 Units

Unit 4: Core Mathematics 3

Content: Focus on Trigonometry and Differentiation

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute examination

 

Unit 5: Core Mathematics 4

Content: Focus on vectors to describe 3 dimensional space and Integration

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute examination

 

Unit 6: Mechanics 1

The application of Mathematics to the physical world, including the study of motion, Forces and vectors.

How will I study?

Within class, there will be individual and group work, and teacher-led discussions. A lot of independent work is expected.

What do I need to start the course?

GCSE grades at A*, A or B in Mathematics at the Higher level paper. However A–A* is advised, B grade students will need to do a lot of work to get their algebra up to standard and will only be admitted on the course if this is done.

 

Where could it lead?

Mathematics offers a wide range of skills for students wishing to study any subject at degree level, leading to a wide range of career options.

It is especially helpful for courses in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering, and will lead to careers in these areas, as well as the financial sector.