Mathematics A level
|Mode of study||Academic A Level|
|Campus||Welsh Bridge Campus|
|Start date||5 September 2022|
|Course code||MTH-AL (2224)|
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language, with Maths at grade 7 or above.
What does the course involve?
Mathematics is the science of pattern and structure. Like language, religion, and music it is a universal part of human culture. Mathematics has a pervasive influence on our everyday lives, from analysing statistics in medical research to designing safe structures and vehicles, to encrypting personal data to be transmitted securely across the internet. Maths is at the very core of all new technological developments, which include everything from Games Design to Internet Security. Financial transactions and online purchasing systems are underpinned by mathematics, relying heavily on encryption.
Two-thirds of the course is pure mathematics including topics such as algebra, functions, trigonometry, and calculus. The remaining content is equally split between the applied topics of mechanics and statistics. Mechanics will involve the study of the physical world, modelling the motion of objects and the forces acting on them. Statistics allows you to work with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, do probability calculations and model real-life data using statistical distributions and hypothesis testing.
The Maths department also offers Further Maths and Statistics at A Level - see separate course pages 69 and 82.
Please note that Further Mathematics AS Level is available as an additional course in the second year for those students who wish to make competitive entries to maths degree courses and need to extend their mathematical subject knowledge.
How is the course assessed?
100% Exam - consisting of three exams at the end of the course (two hours each).
The majority of our students progress to higher education courses studying a range of degrees from maths to engineering, medicine to marine biology, and criminology to law to name a few.
Students have also gained competitive apprenticeships or employment in accounting, computer programming and engineering companies. Maths is at the core of technological developments, which include everything from Games Design to Internet Security.
Financial transactions and online purchasing systems are underpinned by mathematics, relying heavily on encryption. GCHQ has the largest group of mathematicians working anywhere in the country!
New areas of study include Population Modelling, Forensics, DNA sequencing and Modelling Disease & Epidemics.
Each year students have the opportunity to participate in the Senior Maths Challenge and visits are organised to lectures by leading mathematicians working in academia and industry.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional two or three subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative vocational programme of study via a separate application. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email email@example.com
A Level Mathematics (Chemistry, Biology)
Previous school: Belvidere School
I want to study medicine at university and Maths is a strong application subject for me. Maths has also helped a huge amount with my other subjects and enabled me to understand different elements. My favourite thing to study so far has been differentiation and stationary points. It is very satisfying when you find the solution.
A Level Further Mathematics (Mathematics, Physics and German)
Previous Institution: Meole Brace School
Studying here has given me an even greater love of Maths because of the fantastic Maths department. The teachers are brilliant and I have access to all the resources I need. I got the opportunity to take part in the British Maths Olympiad and that really helped with my application to University. I am going to study Maths at St Johns College, Oxford University and I aspire to do academic research after that.
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