Mathematics is a challenging but rewarding and diverse subject that can open doors for the future.
You will study a variety of key mathematical areas including: Algebra, Graphs, Trigonometry, Calculus and Geometry in the Pure Maths modules, as well as Statistics and Mechanics.
In your first year you will study a mixture of Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics; Mechanics will involve Pure Mathematics content, it will build upon the algebra and trigonometry skills developed at GCSE such as solving quadratics, simultaneous equations, sine and cosine rule, and extending them further. You will be introduced to calculus where you will learn how to differentiate and integrate. The statistics studied in the first year of the course will focus mainly on the interpretation of data, probability and the use of distributions which will be studied in greater depth than that at GCSE. In mechanics, you will study the equations of motion, forces and variable acceleration.
In your second year you will continue to develop a greater understanding of Pure Mathematics by solving more complex problems using technical and sophisticated algebra techniques. This will include further techniques for differentiation, integration and solving trigonometric equations. You will complete your study of statistics including hypothesis testing and the normal distribution. In mechanics you will look at modelling real life problems with a particular focus on uniform and non-uniform motion, forces and moments. For students studying Physics, it is strongly recommended that you study A level Mathematics.
The Mathematics A level course is assessed at the end of 2 years of study and is 100% exam. During the course, students will sit regular, internal assessments (at least 1 per half term) as well as completing regular, weekly homework.
In each year of the course, students will be able to take part in the UKMT Individual Maths Challenge as well as competing in the UKMT Maths Team Challenge.
To study mathematics at university, you will be required to have at least an A level in Mathematics; some universities will also require an A level in Further Mathematics. For many subjects, an A level in Mathematics is desirable and sometimes essential (Physics, Engineering, Computing, Economics, and Chemistry). It is not just the content that you study that makes an A level in Mathematics highly desirable: it is the complex problem solving and logical thinking skills that you will also develop. Many mathematics degree graduates are highly sort, and pursue careers in wide-ranging industries including accountancy, engineering and actuarial work.
It is expected that students have achieved GCSE Maths at grade 6 or above.
In addition, students who have not covered grade 8/9 work at GCSE will be expected to complete independent study of this work before the course begins, so that you are fully prepared.