To study A Level Mathematics, students should have achieved at least a Grade 7 at GCSE. During the course you will study Pure Mathematics which contributes two thirds of the final qualification, along with Mechanics and Statistics. Pure Mathematics extends many GCSE topics such as algebra, trigonometry, vectors and functions while introducing new approaches, especially calculus.
‘Mechanics’ deals with the mathematical modelling of the movement of a particle.
‘Statistics’ models common situations using ‘probability distributions’ and extends GCSE data analysis techniques.
Pure Mathematics supports all A Level subjects which require mathematical approaches: ‘Mechanics’ is of particular benefit to Physics and Chemistry; ‘Statistics’ is an essential component of many areas of study in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Biology.
There is also the option for students who have displayed an exceptional aptitude for Maths to study for an A Level in Further Mathematics. This comprises an additional six modules. While certain modules are compulsory there is a lot more scope for flexibility to suit individual needs in terms of university courses.
Mathematics is a demanding and rigorous subject where accuracy, attention to detail and clear, logical thought are essential. This is reflected in the expectations of students following the course, with a particular emphasis placed on good study habits as well as the ability to meet deadlines and keep up with the large workload.
A Level Mathematics can lead to a degree in Mathematics and is also a desirable, in some cases essential, requirement for many others such as medicine, accountancy, engineering, actuarial courses, sciences and social sciences. Even without higher education, A Level Mathematics is considered by most employers to be indicative of a high level of ability, determination and organisation.