I really enjoy problem solving and so Mathematics was an easy choice for me. The teachers make the lessons engaging and fun, which really helps when the challenges get tough! I am looking to become a quantity survey in the future and Mathematics is essential in helping me achieve my career goals.Lewis Haggan, Year 12
A Level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods that you learned at GCSE and includes optional applications of Mathematics including Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics. It is a versatile qualification that will give you a wide choice of interesting and rewarding careers that are also well paid.
Subject Specific Requirements
Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in English, a Grade 6 or above in Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. However, students with the GCSE Grade 6 will find the transition difficult and should expect a large workload. For those who adapt to it, the course can be very rewarding. Ideally you will also have studied additional Mathematics or the FSMQ at GCSE and really enjoy the subject. Finally, you will also need a strong work ethic, the ability to communicate clearly in writing and a lot of persistence.
What will I do?
A Level Mathematics will introduce you to some of the most famous discoveries of all time. In Year 12 you will follow in the footsteps of Isaac Newton and begin to understand and apply the calculus. You will also meet and use logarithms, first popularised by John Napier in 1614. Like Karl Gauss, you will calculate the sum of an infinite sequence and begin to see how Zeno’s paradox might be understood.
Year 13 is equally fascinating; you will meet and use a wide variety of exotic functions such as ln(x), sec(x) and arctan(x). You will also learn how to prove the irrationality of √2 and solve problems in two dimensions using vectors.
What careers would this be suitable for?
Having a Mathematics A Level identifies you as someone who has been trained in logical thinking and analysis. This is an advantage in most areas of life. While Mathematics graduates often go into Engineering, Science, Computing or Finance, Mathematics is also a desirable qualification for careers in the Social Sciences such as Psychology or Sociology.