Mathematics

 

  • A Level
  • AQA
  • Entry requirements: GCSE Mathematics Grade 6 or above
  • Goes well with: Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business Studies, Computer Science, Psychology

Study this beautiful and exciting subject for its own sake or to support further studies in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, and many other areas. This course will develop and extend your understanding of topics covered at GCSE and introduce new areas such as calculus, logarithms and exponentials,  and mechanics.

This new A Level in Mathematics brings together Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.  The Pure Mathematics extends GCSE work on algebra, co-ordinate geometry, vectors and trigonometry and introduces you to exponential and logarithmic functions and calculus. Mechanics and Statistics both involve the modelling of real world situations using appropriate mathematics; Mechanics relating to the physical world and Statistics to the presentation and handling of data.  There is a greater emphasis on modelling, problem solving, and reasoning. All the mathematics will be assessed at the end of the two year course.

Mathematics is a common requirement as part of degree courses such as Business and Finance, Architecture, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Management Science and Computing. Mathematics is essential for courses such as Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics itself. Mathematics A Level keeps many doors open and is valuable for almost every future career plan.
 

Pure Mathematics

  • Develop algebraic skills needed in mathematics, science and other areas

  • Use algebra to analyse geometrical properties

  • Learn to use mathematical language precisely to solve problems and prove results

  • Develop further algebraic skills involving exponentials, logarithms and sequences

  • Use calculus to analyse the functions and graphs that arise in many situations

  • Extend trigonometry beyond right angled triangles

  • Develop skills in more advanced algebra, trigonometry and integration

  • Use differential equations and vectors to solve problems

Statistics

  • Use and interpret data using diagrams and statistical calculations

  • Gain a thorough insight into the way statistics are used to test hypotheses. 

Mechanics

  • Solve problems involving forces and motion

“Choosing maths has not only helped me massively with the other choices I took, but has also improved a multitude of important life skills for me like logical problem solving, or not giving up when something is tough.”