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Mathematics A Level



Qualification A Level


2 years


What will I study?

In the first year you will study topics in both Pure and Applied Mathematics.

Pure Mathematics includes algebra, trigonometry, sequences and series and calculus (differentiation and integration).  You will also learn how to use a graphical calculator effectively to enhance your problem solving skills.

Applied Mathematics covers topics in both Mechanics and Statistics.  In Mechanics topics include vectors, kinematics.  In Statistics topics will include probability distributions, correlation and regression.

In the second year you will continue to study topics in both Pure and Applied Mathematics including logarithms calculus and trigonometry.  In Mechanics you will study dynamics and momentum.  In Statistics you will analyse a large data set issued by the examination board, this will involve using a computer and specialist software such as Excel and Autograph.

Support is also provided for students preparing to take STEP or AEA papers for entry to university.


Study Visits

Students will be able to enter the UK Maths Challenge and will have the opportunity to attend a 'Mathematics Inspiration' roadshow.  We also enter teams for the UK Maths Team Challenge and Pop Maths Quiz in Sheffield.



A graphical calculator is essential; the purchase of a suitable model with the required probability distributions will be organised through the Mathematics department at a discounted rate of approximately £80.


You will sit three 2 hour examinations at the end of year 2.

Entry Criteria

Grade 6 Maths.

Minimum average GCSE score required 4.5.


Useful Supporting Courses

Important support for Physics, other sciences and engineering.  The statistical elements also provide valuable support for Geography, Psychology and Sociology.  University courses in Computing and Economics usually require Mathematics at A level.


Engineer, Business Analyst, Quantity Surveyor, Insurance Underwriter.