What is it about?
Maths is one of the biggest facilitating subjects and it’s essential for many higher education courses and careers. It provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-level Maths make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas.
What will I be studying?
All students will learn to demonstrate overarching knowledge and skills contained in three broad topics of Mathematical argument, language and proof Mathematical problem solving. This will be applied, along with associated mathematical thinking and understanding, across a range of themes such as;
Mathematical modelling, Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, Exponentials and logarithms and Integration, just to name a few.
What skills will I learn?
Students will develop the transferable skills of numeracy, communication, ICT and the application, presentation, interpretation, analysis and evaluation of information. Students will also develop a capacity for methodical and critical thought and learn to present information in a clear, coherent and effective manner.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by examination only. AS level and A2 Mathematics are stand-alone qualifications.
You will be assessed by 3 end of unit exams in AS level and 3 unit exams at A2 through a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. This is worth 100% of your final mark.
Where might it lead me?
A level Mathematics is a good choice for students considering higher education in any science or maths-based course, ranging from Biochemical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medical Science and Psychology to Philosophy, Economics, Accountancy, Management and Actuarial Science.
Career opportunities for students who study A-level Mathematics include: industry, accountancy, finance, economics, healthcare, medicine, veterinary science and engineering.
Who can I ask for more information about this subject?
There are many teachers in the Mathematics Department based on the first floor will provide any further information required. You can go and see Miss Robinson (Head of Department) or Mrs More and Mrs Israel (A level teachers)
Where can find more information about A level Mathematics?
The AQA website www.aqa.org.uk gives further details of the AS and A level specifications.