Mathematics Faculty

A good understanding of maths and numeracy is essential to be successful in many different work settings, and students work hard to achieve their best in this area throughout the Academy.

A level Mathematics (Edexcel) Requires: Grade 6 in GCSE Maths Grade 7/8 in GCSE Maths if studying Physics also.

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 Statistics – Collecting and analysing data and using this to make predictions about future events. Many subjects make use of statistical information and techniques. An understanding of probability and risk is important in careers like insurance, medicine, engineering and the sciences. Mechanics – Modelling and analysing the physical world around us, including the study of forces and motion. Mechanics is particularly useful to students studying physics and engineering. New AS and A levels in Mathematics are being introduced. There will be more emphasis on problem solving, reasoning and modelling, and a requirement for the use of technology.

Assessment Method: All examinations take place at the end of Year 13. 3 written papers each lasting 2 hours and worth 100 marks. Paper 1 – Pure Maths 1 Paper 2 – Pure Maths 2 Paper 3 – Statistics and Mechanics

Career Progression:  Mathematics A-level students and graduates are in high demand by employers. A qualification in maths will make you stand out from a crowd. Maths is the essential transferable component across all science, engineering, technology and maths subjects. The reason why so many employers highly value mathematics qualifications is mathematics students become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems you develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proof and justification of results help you to formulate reasoned arguments. And importantly you will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability t o process and interpret data. People with maths qualifications can go into accounting, medicine, engineering, forensic pathology, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, computing, games development, scientific research, programming, civil service, design, construction and astrophysics, to name but a few!

“Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding. People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career”

Further information: Mr Butler, Director of Mathematics