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Mathematics (A Level)

Mathematics is a challenging and rewarding A Level that will really develop both your academic skills and personal qualities. There are four reasons why you should consider it:

  • Directly transferable skills

A Level Mathematics content is directly transferable to many disciplines and specialisms, whether at university or in the workplace. Mathematical modelling is one of the overarching themes in the new A Level because it's used so widely in the real world.

  • Analytical thinking

A Level Mathematics is your chance to prove on your CV that you can “reason like a problem-solver” and you can “communicate your thinking clearly and precisely”. You are training your brain to develop the most sought-after thinking skills and universities/employers know that success in A Level Mathematics is brilliant evidence of this. If you enjoy the satisfaction of solving a difficult problem that has made you persevere, A Level Mathematics is for you!

  • Increased earning potential and employment opportunities

By the age of 34, those with A Level Mathematics can expect to earn approximately 11% more on average than students of other A Levels (Adkins and Noyes, Reassessing the Economic Value of A Level Mathematics, 2016). Don't miss out!

  • Mathematics is an incredibly rich subject that is rewarding in its own right

There is great beauty in mathematics! The more of it you learn, the greater its potential to astonish you.

Future Opportunities

A Level Mathematics is considered essential for many university courses and employment opportunities and is very highly valued across the board. Those considering careers in science, engineering, economics, business, accountancy or banking - to name only a few - will benefit greatly from studying A Level Mathematics.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4 or equivalent, including English. The minimum mathematics Grade required is 6.

Other Considerations

Although difficult, it is possible to get a good grade at A Level from a GCSE grade 6. Before choosing the course ask yourself:

  • are you prepared to put the extra-long hours in?

The most confident students will be doing 5+ hours per week of independent study, you will probably need considerably more.

  • do you like algebra?

Algebra is even more important at A Level than GCSE; if you don't like algebra, it's not for you.

What will I study?

You will study pure and applied mathematics in a ratio of 2:1. Pure mathematics includes:

  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Calculus.

The applied mathematics is a combination of statistics and mechanics.

How will I be assessed?

Board: Edexcel
Paper 1 (2 hours, 100 marks) Pure Mathematics
Paper 2 (2 hours, 100 marks) Pure Mathematics
Paper 3 (2 hours, 100 marks) Applied Mathematics – a combination of Mechanics and Statistics.