AS / A2 Mathematics
To study a course in AS Mathematics, you need to have at least a grade 6 (grade 7 advised) in GCSE Mathematics and have a good knowledge of higher tier GCSE.
There are three overarching themes in A Level Mathematics:
- Mathematical argument, language and proof
- Mathematical problem solving
- Mathematical modelling
The branches of Mathematics that you will study are:
- Pure Mathematics: this is the bulk of the course and builds on your knowledge from GCSE and some topics will already be familiar such as algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. You will need to have an excellent grasp of algebraic techniques for success in these questions.
- Statistics: this will involve analysing a large data set which you will study in lessons in the lead up to the exam
- Mechanics: similar to Physics, the mechanics element of the course applies mathematics to real life objects and the forces applied to them. Mathematics students need to have a real passion for the subject and be keen to do at least four hours per week independent study outside of the classroom. If you are good at Mathematics; why not consider studying Further Mathematics? If you choose to study Further Mathematics, you will cover all of the content mentioned above as well as some additional topics, developing your understanding of these branches of Mathematics further.
Written Paper: 3 x 2 hours papers (100 marks each) at the end of your second year.
Weighting: 33 1/3% of total A Level marks
- Pure Mathematics
- Pure Mathematics and Statistics
- Pure Mathematics and Mechanics
Mathematics is a requirement on most Science courses, but an A level in Mathematics could lead to the study of the following at University:
- Mathematics (Some universities also require Further * Mathematics)
- Engineering (Maths is a requirement for all types)
- Business Studies
A degree in Mathematics can lead to a career in almost any sector, except those that require specific training e.g. medicine with popular career choices being:
- Operational research
“I was naturally good at maths so it seemed obvious to carry on studying to A level. However the main factor behind my choice was that I enjoyed it, so much so that I chose to take on Further Maths as another A Level.”
“I enjoy maths because of the problem solving aspect to the subject, a key factor of Maths at A level. HSFC also gave me the opportunity to take part in the Senior Maths Challenge. After obtaining a Silver award I was asked to take part in the Senior Team Maths Challenge (STMC), where three other students and I competed against 16 other colleges. This competition required a range of skills such as strategy, communication, teamwork and especially problem solving. Even though the problems were difficult, I hugely enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in taking part.”
“In the future I am going to continue to study Maths and Further Maths to A2 level and probably to degree level. Taking maths at Brinkburn was a very good decision for me; it has given me the opportunity to take part in a range of events and the satisfaction of finding the solution to a difficult problem makes Maths much more enjoyable than at GCSE”