Why should I study Mathematics?
Mathematics pervades almost all areas of daily life and remains ne of the most popular subjects at A level. Whilst it may be true that certain esoteric topics in mathematics may be very abstracted from the real world, it is certainly the case that the logical and analytical skills required to study A level Mathematics will be of great use to students, both at university and during employment. Indeed, most employers and universities view ability in mathematics as a clear indicator of genuine intelligence and the potential to learn effectively in order to solve complex problems.
Having an A level in Mathematics is also beneficial for other courses such as Engineering, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Business Studies, Design and Technology and Geography. Further mathematics is to be enjoyed by those students with a real grasp and love of the subject. These students will complete a full A level in one year and a further one in the second year. Students who are interested in pursuing either Mathematics, Engineering or Physics and have Oxbridge aspirations would benefit from this course.
What skills will I gain?
Students will build upon their knowledge of GCSE Mathematics and quickly extend ideas to areas of greater complexity and abstraction. Algebraic manipulation has a pivotal role at A level and is integrated into many topics. Students will also gain an understanding of how algebraic tools can be applied to mechanical and statistical branches of the subject. The ability to learn the logical rules of an axiomatic subject and apply these to mathematical models is also critical.
Mathematicians also learn how to pursue different lines of enquiry when faced with problems in order to arrive at effective solutions.
What will I learn?
Students will receive a thorough grounding in the core material of pure mathematics which comprises two-thirds of the course. The remaining third is devoted to applied mathematics in the form of mechanics and statistics. Students will also have the opportunity to enrich their learning through more advanced mathematical study by way of Oxbridge preparation mathematics and advanced extension awards.
Students will need to progress quickly and competently from the start of the course and should therefore possess a very comprehensive understanding of GCSE mathematics. Thus whilst an 8 grade is satisfactory, the best indicator of real mathematical potential at A level is an 8 or a 9 grade at GCSE.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Mr Richard Maynes
Acting Head of Department