We follow the Edexcel linear course which involves pure and applied maths with an additional focus on statistics and mechanics.
For a student who has done well in iGCSE Maths, an A level in Maths will be viewed by any university as one of the most rigorous and analytical preparations for a degree. Maths is a qualification in thinking rather than a particular skill, although it is a prerequisite course for degrees such as Engineering and many science based courses.
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 to process and interpret data.
Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding. Maths supports careers in medicine, management and accountancy as well as teaching and research.
What skills will I develop?
- Mind training. Maths teaches you to think, to filter out irrelevant information and to concentrate on the key components of the problem in hand, tackling it in the most efficient way possible. There is often more than one way to approach a maths question and we aim to provide a ‘toolkit’ – methods and ideas which a student can choose from to solve each problem.
- Communication skills. Maths has great importance in the analysis and communication of ideas in all walks of life, whether in basic numeracy or in more advanced maths. Indeed, it could be said that it is the only global language. Our modern world has been, and continues to be, shaped by the application of mathematics in all forms of engineering.
A student with a maths qualification is in demand because employers realise that they have a number of abilities besides specific mathematical knowledge and understanding. Such students can be readily trained in a host of professional disciplines.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is via three 2 hour papers at the end of Year 13, each weighted 33.33%:
- Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1
- Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2
- Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics