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A Level Mathematics

A Level Mathematics


“Mathematics is the door and key to the sciences.” R Bacon

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Why should I study Mathematics?

Mathematics is an exciting, rewarding, challenging and versatile subject which not only complements but is fundamental to studies in many areas including the sciences, finance, economics and engineering. Research has shown that a degree in mathematics opens the doors to an enviable choice of careers and gives graduates a highly increased earning capacity. You will need to be confident with the algebra used at GCSE (higher tier).

What will I study?

You will study both pure and applied mathematics. The pure mathematics you cover will include proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, calculus, numerical methods and vectors. You will also explore the ways in which mathematics can be extended to the real world through the study of both statistics and mechanics. In statistics, you will learn about statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing. In mechanics you will begin modelling every day experiences by studying kinematics, forces, Newton’s laws of motion and moments.

How is A Level Mathematics assessed?

Three, equally weighted, 2-hour examinations at the end of Year 13: two on pure mathematics and one covering statistics and mechanics. You are allowed a calculator in all exams. There is no coursework.

What can I study with Mathematics?

Many of our students choose mathematics to support their other subject choices, although it combines well with literally any other subjects. We strongly recommend choosing mathematics if you are also planning to take physics, chemistry or computer science. However, many of our students choose to contrast it with subjects such as art and history. You must choose mathematics if you wish to study further mathematics.

Where does a qualification in Mathematics lead?

It will provide you with excellent preparation for a wide range of mathematics, science, business and related degree courses. Mathematics graduates have one of the highest rates of employment and are employed in careers in a very wide range of industries.

Subject specific entry requirement:

Grade 7 in mathematics

DACA Mathematics Alumni:

Name: Kerys

High School: DACA

Subjects: Maths, further maths, biology and AS French

Currently enjoying reading mathematics at the University of York.