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)
Those considering the more mathematical subjects at university, Mathematics, physics, engineering etc. should also consider Further Maths A level. Students will learn pure maths, mechanics and statistics which will build on and extend the work done in single maths. In the upper sixth, students would continue with pure maths and would usually focus on Mechanics as their applied option. However, there is some flexibility and it is possible to focus on Statistics or to combine Statistics, Mechanics and modelling with algorithms. Further Maths may be offered as an extra-curricular activity. If you are interested in Further Maths please ensure you mention it when you are invited to the school for your Course Discussion.
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.