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 Statistics: This option is usually taken by students studying Business (Economics, Accounting or Business Studies), Psychology or Biology.
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.
Statistics covers the analysis of numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. Many of the ideas met have applications in a wide range of other fields: from assessing what car insurance costs to how likely the Earth is going to be hit by a comet.
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 a career in accountancy.
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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