Mathematics A Level
This course builds on the knowledge and skills that you acquired during your GCSE. It will increase your understanding of familiar ideas and introduce you to new concepts and techniques. You will apply mathematical ideas in the context of statistics and mechanics.
Modules / Topics
You will study a combination of pure and applied mathematics. From 2017 onwards there are no optional units, everyone studies the same material; About two thirds of the course is pure mathematics, one sixth statistics and one sixth mechanics. Mechanics builds on Newtonian ideas of motion and forces and is strongly linked to Physics. Statistics allows us to make sense of the world around us through data analysis. The key theme is a continued study of algebra and graphs.
At the end of the second year, you sit three 2 hour exams that assess all the content covered during the two years of study.
Mathematics is highly regarded and provides strong support to any application for employment or further study. The applied units in mechanics and/or statistics are necessary for many courses in science and engineering. The statistics mathematics studied at A level is very useful for many courses in the social sciences.
The study of pure mathematics develops logical thinking and a systematic approach to problem solving - attributes which are highly valued in the workplace.