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What will I learn?

A Level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at GCSE and includes applications of Mathematics such as Statistics and Mechanics. It is fun and rewarding and will broaden your mathematical skills and promote deeper mathematical thinking.

AS Level Mathematics can be taken as a fourth subject and will follow the same course in the first year as the A level course. The course will be assessed at the end of Lower Sixth by taking two written papers.

Who should choose Mathematics?

A good grade 7 at GCSE or IGCSE is expected for you to go on to do A Level Mathematics; however, it must be realised that of the skills required for GCSE, not all have the same importance at A Level and your present teacher will be able to advise you as to whether you have the ability to cope. Many who study Mathematics will do so because they enjoy it and want to increase their knowledge beyond GCSE or IGCSE. Mathematics is also a subject that is becoming more important in many other A Levels – it is a language used by any technical subject at higher levels.

What other subjects go well with Mathematics?

The mathematical skills you learn in A Level Mathematics are of great benefit in other A Level subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computing, Geography, Psychology, Economics and Business Studies. Mathematics is also a subject that can complement almost any choice of A Levels.

Course details

Mathematics A Level consists of three externally examined papers. All three papers will be taken at the end of Upper Sixth. All the papers are two hours long, the first two test Pure Mathematics and the third applied Mathematics (Mechanics and Statistics). Pure Mathematics will cover the following topics:

  • Proof
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Coordinate Geometry in the (x, y) Plane
  • Sequences and Series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Vectors
  • Numerical Methods

Applied Mathematics will cover the following topics:

  • Statistical Sampling
  • Data Presentation and Interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical Distributions
  • Statistical Hypothesis Testing
  • Quantities and Units in Mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws
  • Moments
Beyond the classroom

In the autumn term, we take Lower Sixth to the Mathematics Inspiration talks – an opportunity to hear some of the world’s leading mathematicians speak on how they use the skills that you will be developing, should you embark on the course. There are opportunities to represent the school in the Senior Team Challenge and your help is always appreciated to help younger pupils during Maths Workshop or as a mentor. You will also be given the opportunity to perform some independent research on an area of Mathematics that interests you and possibly present your findings to your peers.

For more information contact Mr Wild:

"I chose to do Maths because the syllabus covers a wide range of interesting and challenging topics which have improved both my problem solving and analytical skills. Maths is a versatile A Level that works well in any combination of subjects. It has also aided my learning in my other A Level lessons, and I know that the skills I have learnt will prove beneficial to my future." Grace, Sixth Former