Mathematics

Debbie Cornelius
Debbie Cornelius

WHAT IS MATHEMATICS?

Mathematics covers the areas of Pure Mathematics, Decision Mathematics and Statistics.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

Employers in all sectors highly value a candidate who can offer mathematical ability – research has shown those with a Mathematics A-level, on average, have higher salaries than those without! An A-level in Mathematics shows logic, reasoning and a high level of numeracy, and serves to support many other A-level courses. If you loved Mathematics at High School, enjoy working hard and live to solve puzzles that have exact methods of answers then A-level Mathematics offers opportunity to continue improving your numerical skills and learn a great deal beyond GCSE course.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM MATHEMATICS?

Mathematics builds on the topics studied on the Higher Specification GCSE course and within the Pure Mathematics topics, introduces calculus techniques as well as extending algebra skills. Decision Mathematics explores the methods of solving problems such as route planning for salesmen and postmen as well as learning about new branches of mathematics such as graph theory.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will complete 3 examinations at the end of each year.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

If you enjoy learning about mathematical concepts and new methods of problem solving and have a strong mathematical ability then A-level Mathematics is for you!

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN MATHEMATICS?

Mathematics A-level supports almost all career pathways – from careers in medicine, engineering, data analysis within the security services, computer programming and business to name but a few. It is highly regarded by employers and is a sought-after qualification.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

In Year 1, you will be taught modules Core 1, Core 2 and Decision 1. These build upon knowledge learnt on the Higher GCSE paper, and extend your algebra skills. The core maths topics covered include sequences, coordinate geometry, circles, and trigonometry and also less familiar topics are taught such as differentiation integration and binomial expansions. All have a high algebra content but with practice become much easier! The Decision Maths module covers problems of logistics, using algorithms to solve problems such as efficient route planning or maximising profits.

In year 2, you will be taught modules Core 3, Core 4 and Statistics 1. The core maths modules extend knowledge learnt in year 1 and covers topics such as partial fractions, functions, vectors and differential equations. The Statistics module introduces students to basic and conditional probability, correlation, the Normal Distribution and using confidence intervals amongst other topics. The statistics course is complementary to many subjects including science, psychology and geography.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

The UK Senior Maths Challenge is entered every year by a number of our Maths students, and a team represents the North West at a local competition. The Southampton Cipher challenge is also encouraged, and trips to visit universities and other career related fields are also taken. The CREST programme is on offer to those students who are part of the Science and Maths Honours programme.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.
  • In addition, a grade 6 or above is required in GCSE Mathematics.