Maths - A Level
Special Entry Requirements:
In addition to the A Level entry requirements you will need at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths
You study mathematics because it is fascinating, challenging and elegant and because it provides skills much in demand for a wide range of careers. Studying Mathematics will help you to develop crucial skills which are highly valued by universities and employers, such as the ability to think logically, solve problems and communicate complex ideas effectively.
In their second year Maths students have the opportunity to be involved in our exchange trip to Östersund, Sweden to study maths collaboratively with Swedish students (and also experience winter sports activities).
In the first year you will study topics in pure mathematics such as proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, calculus and vectors. You will additionally study topics from both Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics includes statistical sampling, data presentation, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing and Mechanics looks at quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics (the study of motion), Forces and Newton’s laws
In the second year you will continue the study of pure mathematics looking more deeply at topics including proof, algebra, graphs, sequences and series, trigonometry, calculus and numerical methods. You will also continue the study of Statistics, including using the normal distribution and further topics in Mechanics including Newton’s laws and moments.
Calculators are needed at A/AS level and the Casio FX991ex is highly recommended.
AS Mathematics is assessed by two written exams (2 hours and 1 hour) and A-Level Mathematics by three 2 hour exams at the end of the two years.
A level Mathematics is an entry requirement to several subjects at University. Often, even if not required by some courses admissions tutors positively regard it. Mathematicians are extensively employed in a wide variety of professions, including Accountancy, Computing, Statistical Forecasting, and Meteorology. Combined with Physics, Mathematics provides the foundation for degree courses in Engineering.