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Mathematics (A Level) 

Course outline

AS Mathematics – Pure and Applied Modules (AS exam at the end)

A Level Mathematics –Pure and Applied Modules (linear exam for the 2 year course)

What type of student succeeds at Maths A Level?

Maths is a demanding A Level. It requires resilience and a willingness to work through problems independently. A love of numbers and a sense of enjoyment from completing difficult problems is also necessary.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade 7 at Maths GCSE is required in order to study Maths at A Level. In addition, all students must sit an entrance exam based on holiday homework. The course requires a strong understanding of Grade A and A* work right from the outset.

Complementary subjects

Maths is well paired with any of the science or social science subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, and Business.

Homework

Students receive homework every single day. Maths is best learned through constant practice and repetition and students get plenty of opportunity to do so. Exam packs are produced containing every single past paper question so students will never run out of practice questions.

 

Future Directions

Which university courses require Maths A Level?

Maths degrees require Maths A Level and often Further Maths. Engineering, Economics, and Computer Science degrees often ask for Maths too.

Which university courses look favourably on Maths A Level?

Maths A Level is favourable for any degree which requires logical thought.

What are the entry requirements to study Maths at university?

Maths entry requirements are high. Anywhere between BBB and A*A*A.

Some universities require additional exams (STEP/MAT)

Which careers could Maths A Level lead to?

Engineering, Finance, Accounting, Teaching Maths, Computer Engineering, Researching. 

Core Mathematics (AS only) 

Background

The UK has a major problem with young people and maths. In this country, unlike almost every other industrialised society, many of our talented students opt out of Maths after GCSE.

Core Maths is a completely new qualification that is intended to make Maths more meaningful. It acknowledges that Maths is a component of many aspects of life and employment. There is an awareness that throughout a student’s future employment the use of Maths will increase. Taking this post GCSE course will develop a student’s mathematical skills and thinking.

Course outline

Quantitative Problem Solving

Quantitative Reasoning

A one year course of practical mathematics that has the same UCAS points as AS Mathematics.

What type of student succeeds at Core Maths

Core Maths is aimed at a student who enjoys maths and problem solving but does not wish to study the abstract maths of A Level. This course is practical and is intended to help you with other maths based subjects.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade 6 (5 at teacher’s discretion) at Maths GCSE and a good homework record.

Complementary subjects

Core Maths fits well with A Level Economics, Biology, Physics or Geography and with BTECs in Business or ICT.

Homework

Students receive homework every single day. Maths is best learned through constant practice and repetition and students get plenty of opportunity to do so. Exam packs are produced containing every single past paper question so students will never run out of practice questions.

Which university courses look favourably on Core Maths A?

It is advantageous to have Core Maths when applying for any subject with a quantitative element: for example, Business Studies, Sport Science, Psychology, Geography, Nursing, Computer Science, Nutrition, and Social Sciences.

Further Mathematics (A Level) 

Course outline

AS Further Mathematics – Pure and Applied Modules (AS exam at the end)

A Level Mathematics – Pure and Applied Modules (linear exam for the 2 year course)

What type of student succeeds at Further Maths A Level?

Further Maths is a demanding A Level. Students must have a love of the subject and enjoy working with both concrete and abstract problems.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade 8 at Maths GCSE is required in order to study Further Maths at A Level. Most students have an A*. In addition, all students must sit an entrance exam based on holiday homework.

Complementary subjects

Further Maths has to be paired with Mathematics A Level. It goes well with any of the sciences, particularly Physics.

Homework

Students receive homework every single day. Maths is best learned through constant practice and repetition and students get plenty of opportunity to do so. Exam packs are produced containing every single past paper question so students will never run out of practice questions.

Student View

“I’m glad I chose Further Maths at A Level. It fits really well with Physics, which I have also chosen to study. I want to study Physics or Engineering at a Russell Group university so Further Maths should give me a real advantage!”   

 

Future Directions

Which university courses require Further Maths A Level?

Maths degrees at the very best universities often require Further Maths.

Which university courses look favourably on Further Maths A Level?

It is advantageous to have Further Maths when applying for Maths related courses at Russell Group universities. This includes Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science.

What are the entry requirements to study Maths at university?

Maths entry requirements are high. Anywhere between BBB and A*A*A.

Some universities require additional exams (STEP/MAT)

Which careers could Further Maths A Level lead to?

Engineering, Finance, Accounting, Teaching Maths, Computer Engineering, Research.