A level Mathematics is a fascinating subject that develops analytical and creative problem solving skills. One of the main strengths of the subject is that it is such an important tool for so many other disciplines. For a student intending to be a physicist, engineer, programmer, designer, chemist, ecologist, zoologist, pharmacist, geographer, geologist, doctor, dentist or economist the more mathematics that they know the better. Mathematics is an essential tool in any technological subject, in business and in commerce primarily because it provides a means of communication which is powerful concise and unambiguous.
The new A level is linear with exams at the end of the second year but all the AS content will be required knowledge for the A level course and all the AS content will be taught in year 12. The maths A level will consist of pure and applied mathematics. The pure maths at AS will introduce techniques for dealing with nonlinear equations such as calculus and logarithms as well as extending the GCSE work on coordinate geometry, trigonometry and vectors.
The applied maths will consist of Statistics and Mechanics. The focus in the AS statistics will be on interpreting data, samples and populations and will introduce hypothesis testing. The mechanics at AS will include motion under constant acceleration and Newton’s Laws.
University courses such as medicine, pharmacy and biological sciences use statistics extensively and many business or finance degrees also contain modules of statistics. Mechanics is especially useful for physics and engineering courses.
Further Maths (MEI)
For all students aiming for an A or A* in maths we suggest doing our in house accelerated learning program which will cover the majority of the pure content and some of the key applied topics for year 13 whilst they are in year 12. Students can then start the further maths syllabus if they choose. As the first part of year 12 will be spent doing the single maths topics from the y13 maths syllabus students can give further maths a go even if they are unsure about it safe in the knowledge that what they are learning will help them with their single maths. Further maths students will then study further pure maths, mechanics and statistics which will build on and extend the work done in single maths. Most students would usually focus on Mechanics as their major applied option. However, there is some flexibility and it is possible to focus on Statistics or to combine Statistics, Mechanics and modelling with algorithms. Those considering the more mathematical subjects at university, Mathematics, physics, engineering, financial maths, economics etc. should consider Further Maths A level.
A good grade at GCSE is an essential prerequisite for AS and A level studies in Mathematics due to the demands of the course, as such a Grade 7 or above is required. A grade 7 is also the minimum requirement for further maths however, a grade 8 or 9 is advised. If we can offer Further Maths outside of the timetable you must take Maths as one of your three subject choices.