Why choose Mathematics?
Mathematics complements a whole range of other subjects and prepares students for further study and employment in many disciplines involving the use of Mathematics. You will gain knowledge of mathematical techniques that build on GCSE knowledge and develop problem solving and analytical thinking, skills which are desirable in numerous careers. If you have enjoyed your GCSE Mathematics, especially the algebra, trigonometry and problem-solving aspects, then you should consider Mathematics at A Level.
Extension activities are available to all Maths students by enrolling in the Maths Academy. Anyone wishing to pursue a Higher Education course in Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science or similar would benefit
from attending the Maths Academy in addition to Mathematics lessons. The activities include:
- Participation in the Senior Mathematics Challenge/Maths Olympiad
- Exploration of various enrichment topics such as Infinity, Group Theory, Probability Simulation and Fitting Curves to Data
Teaching and Learning Styles
Students are taught by well qualified teachers in a variety of ways including; example-led whole class teaching, individual work on exercises from text books or worksheets, paired or group work on matching activities or problem solving, watching video clips using online teaching resources, graphical calculators and computer software. A substantial amount of individual work is expected outside of lessons which should match the amount of contact time in class.
Resources & Facilities
A suite of teaching rooms equipped with data projectors and interactive whiteboards.
The A Level Mathematics course will cover Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. All three areas are continued in the second year, building on knowledge from the first year and the A Level examination will cover all of the material studied in both years at the end of the second year
A Level Mathematics provides a basis for subsequent quantitative work in a wide range of higher education courses and in employment. Some students go on to university to study Mathematics either as a single honours degree or in combination with another subject, for example business, science, engineering, computing, technology or humanities. Others seek employment or apprenticeships where an A Level Mathematics qualification is valued.
Course Specifics / Entry Requirements
|Qualification Name||Maths GCSE Req.||English GCSE Req.||Other Req.||Desirable Qualifications||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Mathematics||7||If you have a grade 6 in Maths you will be advised on an individual basis.||Minimum of scientific calculator with statistical distribution function required: approx. £25|