Mathematics: A Level

Who do I speak to? Mrs.. Beatrice Parry

Why study Mathematics?

• It is a fascinating, analytical, challenging subject and the more you delve into it, the more fascinating and satisfying it becomes and the more times you shout ”Yessss” to yourself when you’ve cracked the puzzle!

• Mathematics controls vast areas of the world, from construction to finance to telecoms to medicine to cyber security to sports performance. People with the mathematical thinking and analytical skills

• Mathematics will open more doors for you than any other subject; levels of unemployment amongst graduates is by far the lowest at only around 0.5%; employers regard mathematics as a highly desirable, highly impressive qualification

• Studies have shown that people with A level mathematics earn at least 10% more, but often more in the regions of 25%

What’s it all about?

• Pure Mathematics – includes topics encountered in your GCSE course, such as trigonometry and calculus, and develops them to a much more advanced level, as well as introducing brand new topics

• Applied Mathematics – again a mixture of old and new topics, but with a key focus on solving problems encountered within different areas of research, or study or employment.

When will I be assessed?

• Assessment takes place at the end of the two year course

• There will be three equally-weighted papers, each of which lasts for 2 hours.

What could it lead to?

• Universities hold an A Level qualification in mathematics in very high esteem. As a result, A Level Mathematics can lead to a wide variety of options when choosing higher education courses

• If you are thinking of a degree in economics, in engineering, in medicine or in other science-based programmes, for example, then A Level Mathematics is nearly always a mandatory requirement for entry. For a wide range of other degrees, such as geography, sport, psychology and business or finance, it is a highly desirable entry qualification, at the very least

• Providers of apprenticeships also hold a qualification in A Level Mathematics in very high regard. The demands of the mathematics course and the creativity and resilience required as well as the well-developed analytical skills are exactly what they need as “raw material” for their own courses and career paths.

Additional the entry requirements?

To be successful in A Level mathematics, you need to achieve the equivalent of a B in GCSE Mathematics

Depending on the numeric grade achieved in GCSE, we may ask you to sit an entrance test to confirm your suitability for this course.