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.
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 have the opportunity to sit an AS exam at the end of Year 1.
- Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language.
- Grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths. Grade 6 will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
You will need a Scientific Calculator – the minimum requirement is the Casio ClassWizz fx-991Ex .
If you would like a Graphic Display Calculator – the Casio FX-9750G-11 is recommended.
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.