Studying Mathematics at A-Level is an immensely rewarding experience. As well as studying a fascinating, stimulating academic subject, students will be able to develop logical skills, and enhance their problem solving capacity and analytical skills. The Mathematics department consistently achieves some of the school’s best A-Level results and we use our experience and expertise to support students through every step of their studies.
GCSE Maths at grade 6 or above. Students with a grade 6 will be required to take a short test on algebra and trigonometry to assess their suitability for the course.
In Year 12 students will study a variety of Pure and Applied subjects. In Pure mathematics this will include algebraic manipulation and equation solving, algebraic graphs, binomial expansions, differentiation, integration, trigonometry, vectors, exponentials and logarithms. The Applied topics will be drawn from both Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics topics will include sampling, interpreting statistical diagrams, probability distributions and hypothesis testing. The Mechanics topics will include kinematics, variable acceleration and the use of Newton’s laws.
In Year 13 students will consolidate and develop the skills they have learnt in Year 12. In Pure mathematics this will include sequences and series, circular measure functions and transformations, numerical methods, parametric equations, partial fractions and further calculus. The Applied topics will again be drawn from both Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics topics will include conditional probability, Venn diagrams and the Normal distribution. The Mechanics topics will include kinematic graphs, equilibrium, statics, friction and moments.
Mathematics A level is highly respected by universities and employers, and is required for a wide range of courses and careers such as accountancy, market research, games design, logistics, telecommunications and finance. University courses in Physics, Engineering and Computer Science often require an A level in Mathematics. Finally, research has shown that people with A level Mathematics earn 10% more on average than those who did not study the subject.