A Level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full-time courses in Higher Education. There are also many areas of employment that see Mathematics A Level as an important or vital qualification. Mathematics A Level is a course worth studying in its own right. It is challenging but interesting. It builds on work met at GCSE, but involves new ideas that some of the greatest minds of the millennium have produced. We offer options in Statistics and Mechanics, for those of you who have particular degree courses in mind. Pure and Mechanics: This option is usually taken by students studying Science (especially Physics), Engineering or Construction.
All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs at grade C or above (grade 5 or above) in academic subjects, including GCSE English Language, of which two must be B grades (grade 6). Additionally, you will need GCSE Maths at grade B or above (grade 6 or above) in the higher paper.
Pure Mathematics extends your knowledge of topics such as algebra and trigonometry as well as introducing new ideas such as calculus. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE then you should find this course very appealing.
Mechanics describes the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites orbiting a planet. You will learn techniques of mathematical modelling by turning a complicated problem into a simpler one that can be analysed and solved using mathematics. Many of the ideas you will meet form an essential introduction to modern fields of study such as cybernetics, robotics, biomechanics and sports science, as well as the more traditional areas of engineering and physics.
Mathematics is assessed through a series of written examinations. If necessary, students can retake any module. There is no coursework involved in assessing mathematics.
Most A Level students go on to study at university. Some have used Mathematics to go directly into the professions.
The study of Mathematics opens the door to many varied professions. Obvious choices would be in the area of Science, Engineering and Finance. To see the many varied careers that a student of Mathematics and Statistics may follow, from games programmer to weather forecasting, go to www.mathscareers.org.uk
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