A-Level Maths builds on and extends GCSE knowledge and skills and introduces new ideas, such as calculus and its applications. Most of the course involves using algebra and it covers topics such as trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, differentiation and integration (calculus), and algebraic techniques and functions.
The course assessment is entirely through examination. A-Level and AS Level Maths prepare students for further study and employment in a wide range of disciplines involving the use of maths such as sciences, social sciences, engineering and business.
- Average point score* of 4.5 or above, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths
- If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa
- Grade A/7 or above in GCSE Maths
- Grade B/6 will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
What will I study?
All students study statistics and mechanics. Statistics develops the skills required to interpret real data presented in summary or graphical form and helps us to draw conclusions about what the data shows. Mechanics allows us to describe and make predictions about how physical objects move and interact with each other involving ideas such as velocity, acceleration, force and mass which are central to understanding how the world works.
You will need a Graphic Display Calculator – the Casio FX-9750G-11 would be ideal.
What could I do next?
Maths prepares students for further study and employment in a wide range of disciplines involving the use of mathematics such as sciences, social sciences, engineering and business.