A Level

Mathematics

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A* = 56

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68% A* - C

Don't forget, if you are looking to study A-Levels please apply for up to three subjects.

Summary

Do you have a real love of maths? Are you looking at going into a range of different careers such as Engineering, the Sciences, finance, or business? Do you have a logical mind, like to problem solve and enjoy reasoning? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes,’ then Maths is the subject for you!

Mathematics is the foundation of all sciences. It is not just about arithmetic, although you do need to be numerate, it is about the theories and concepts to solve several types of problems in both academic and real-life situations. From the study of algebra and geometry to interpreting and manipulating statistics to understanding the motion of objects, maths explores a wide range of topics.

Mathematics is taught from the Edexcel board. You will sit AS exams at the end of the first year before going onto the A Level exam at the end of the second year. Two thirds of the course is based on Pure Maths, whilst one third is based on Applied Maths (statistics and mechanics). If you really enjoy Maths, you may also want to consider studying further maths as well.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language.

A grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths. We will accept you with a grade 6 in GCSE Maths if you pass an entrance test.

You also need to be competent with the algebra at GCSE Higher Maths level.

Year 1
In the first year you will study a mixture of Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

1. ‘Pure Maths’: You will continue with topics you learnt at GCSE, such as Algebra, Trigonometry, Co-ordinate Geometry and Sequences and then extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques. You will also study new topics such as Calculus, Vectors, Exponentials and Logarithms. You will learn to understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected.

2. ‘Applied Maths’: This is made up of both Statistics and Mechanics. In statistics, you will develop your knowledge of Data presentation and interpretation and further your knowledge in probability and statistical distributions. In Mechanics you will study Forces and Newton’s laws and the mathematics of motion, representing situations mathematically and applying mathematical models to solve problems.


Year 2
You will continue to expand and refine your understanding of Pure and Applied Mathematics in the second year.

1. ‘Pure Maths’: In the second year you will continue to develop your key skills in Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Sequences learning more complex skills and techniques. You will also further develop the new skills that you learnt in the first year Exponentials and Logarithms, and new skills in topics such as numerical methods

2. ‘Applied Maths’: You will also continue to develop your skills and understanding in Statistics and Mechanics in the second year. Exploring in more detail the concepts of forces and kinematics which have parallels with topics studied in Physics. These further develop your mathematical knowledge, problem solving and reasoning skills. In statistics you will be introduced to the Normal Probability distribution and further methods in correlation and regression.

There is a massive outreach for mathematicians in current industry. With the rise in new technology, the need for elite mechanical engineers, data analysts, software engineers and civil servants is skyrocketing. A-level Maths is a subject that can lead to an extremely successful career. The types of degree courses and apprenticeships A-level Maths students progress to heavily involve the topics covered in the subject. In modern times, this course can provide some of the most exciting jobs to date. Employers are always looking for people who have excellent problem solving skills, A-Level Maths is the subject which develops those skills.

If you study Mathematics, you can benefit from our maths mentor programme where older learners and dedicated maths mentors help to support and guide newer learners in the Sixth Form. When you reach the second year you can also become a mentor yourself helping to further build a UCAS application. The maths department also run a drop-in maths clinic twice a week for you to obtain bespoke support and guidance with your mathematical problems. You will also get the opportunity to enter for the Senior UK Maths Challenge and some of our learner's progress to the British Mathematical Olympiad. We support those who wish to study Maths or a Maths related subject at Oxford, Cambridge or at Russell Group universities, and you can get bespoke support with your application through our Honours Programme. You could take part in one of the problem-solving courses at Bath/Bristol University or engage with university academics and employers in our STEM@Lunch and SGS Sixth Talks series.

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