Mathematics A level builds on the topics studied on the Higher Specification GCSE course. Within Pure Mathematics you will be introduced to calculus techniques as well as extending your algebra skills. You will also study a variety of topics within Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics.
An A level in Mathematics shows logic, reasoning and a high level of numeracy, and serves to support many other A level courses. Furthermore, employers in all sectors highly value a candidate who can offer mathematical ability — research has shown those with a Mathematics A level earn more, on average, than those without. Studying A level Mathematics therefore offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and employability.
Within the course there are three overarching themes. The overarching themes should be applied along with associated mathematical thinking and understanding, across the whole of the detailed content in this specification. These overarching themes are inherent throughout the content and students are required to develop skills in working scientifically over the course of this qualification. The skills show teachers which skills need to be included as part of the learning and assessment of the students.
Overarching theme 1: Mathematical argument, language and proof
Overarching theme 2: Mathematical problem solving
Overarching theme 3: Mathematical modelling
Students who have loved studying Mathematics during primary and secondary school, enjoy working hard and are motivated by the challenge of solving complex problems using exact methods. Students need to have achieved a grade 6 or higher in both Maths and English.
Mathematics A level supports applications for most degree courses and almost all career pathways — from Medicine to Engineering, and Computer Programming to Finance and Accounting. It is well regarded by universities, and can therefore support most subject combinations at A level.