A-level Mathematics provides a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. It provides a foundation for further studies in a variety of subjects including Science, Engineering and Economics.
A good base in Mathematics is essential – preferably grade 7 or above at GCSE – along with an enthusiastic interest in the subject and a determination to work hard.
To progress on to the second year of Mathematics, it is important that you have satisfactorily completed the AS course.
Pure Mathematics makes up two thirds of the AS (year 12) and A-level (Year 13) qualification and provides techniques in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus that form the fundamental building blocks of the subject.
Mathematical applications make up the remaining third of the qualification and these are compulsory for every examination board. These are Mechanics and Statistics:
- Mechanics: forces, energy, motion
- Statistics: probability, data handling, testing hypotheses
Students will become confident in using their complex calculators in addition to thinking things through independently.
Where Does it Lead?
Mathematics is at the heart of all of today’s advancements in science and technology and is contributing to progress in other fields such as computer science, industrial and architectural design, economics, biology, linguistics and psychology.