A Level Mathematics is a challenging course but is becoming increasingly popular; it now represents one of the largest courses in thr Sixth Form. It should only be taken by students who enjoy the satisfaction of pursuing and competing demanding and sophisticated mathematical problems and concepts. Hence, you will need to achieve a grade 7 or above at GCSE. Please be aware that even good GCSE candidates will not succeed in the course without hard work and commitment. If you are considering applying for Medicine, you are advised to take A Level Mathematics.
The Pure topics rely on algebraic skills, so you should enjoy thinking in abstract terms; you should also be confident and accurate in your use of algreba and manipulation of complex algebraic expressions. it is important to achieve a good mark in the summer tasks set at the end of Year 11 and the end of Year 12, as the course relies heavily on prior knowledge. You will sit two Pure papers in Year 13.
The Applied topics cover Statistics and Mechanics. For the Statistics topics, you should: enjoy data handling topics in GCSE; be competent in calculations, with and without a calculator; and understand the logic of probability and statistical diagrams.
To succeed in mechanics topics, you should find it easy to analyse practical problems and have enjoyed the Mechanics topics in GCSE Physics. This pairs up well with the work studied in A Level Physics. You will sit one Applied paper in Year 13.
Pass in GCSE Mathematics at Grade 5 or higher