Mathematics (including Further Mathematics)
- Average Point Score: 6.0
- Mathematics GCSE Grade 6
- To have a better chance of succeeding, a 7 is recommended
- For Further Maths – Grade 7+ in Mathematics GCSE, plus a recommendation from your Maths teacher required
- Mrs Borthwick
- Mrs Holden
- Mrs McIvor
- Miss Prince
- Mrs Ahmed
- Ms Charnock
- Mr Wroe
- Mr Collins
- Mr Foss
A level Mathematics is a fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself and to further your understanding of how mathematics is used in the real world. Building on GCSE, it will both broaden and deepen your understanding enabling you to apply your skills to problem solving and mathematical modelling. To enrol on this course, you will need to achieve at least grade 6 at GCSE.
We also offer Further Mathematics as an additional A Level (or as an AS). A minimum of a grade 7 at GCSE is required to enrol on the Further Mathematics course.
Learning mathematics is invaluable; it forms the basis of so many useful systems and processes essential to business and industry. Many occupational ﬁelds also require advanced study of mathematics, making the A level course both versatile and popular. The course encompasses mechanics and statistics as well as the core elements of algebra, geometry and much more.
Mathematics complements many other subjects and is good training for the mind, helping to develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students with mathematical qualiﬁcations are numerate and highly employable in a variety of areas as diverse as computing, engineering, medicine, ﬁnance, data analysis and business.
Mathematical ability is very highly regarded by both universities and employers. An A Level in mathematics is essential for many degree courses (such as physics, engineering and, of course, mathematics itself!). It is highly desirable in a wide range of subjects such as chemistry, natural s sciences, architecture, computing and accounting. There is a national shortage of mathematicians, and employment prospects are good.
To get some idea of careers open to those studying mathematics at A Level and beyond, take a look at the careers section on the Institute of Mathematics website.
What do our students say about Mathematics?
My favourite part of A Level Maths is the algebra – it is really satisfying to solve the problems presented. In lessons, the teachers introduce new techniques clearly and we use mini whiteboards to make sure everyone understands how to get to the answers.
Everyone says that all A Level subjects are a step up from GCSE, but I wish I had realised at the start how difficult the Stats part of the course would be – it is much harder than at GCSE! Don’t worry though, you soon get used to it and everyone is in the same position at first. The important thing is to revise from day 1 and don’t let the work pile on – you can’t get away with not revising at A Level. In order to succeed you need to put the work in.
Other than Maths, I am studying Chemistry and Biology. These are a really common subject combination, especially for those who want to study Medicine, which is what I’m planning to do. About half the people applying to Medicine will have Chemistry, Biology and Maths as A Levels.