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Mathematics

Mathematics is a powerful medium for communicating knowledge, its universal truths expressed concisely and unambiguously in symbolic notation.

As well as representing information helpfully in a variety of ways, the real power of mathematics is its ability to explain and predict. These strengths are needed in many disciplines, so Maths A Level combines effectively with Economics, Geography or Biology; financial, business or management also draw on its skills and insights; while in the traditional Scientific, Engineering and Technological fields it is essential.

People’s motivation for studying Mathematics is varied. Some find interest aroused after learning of the lives of mathematicians on whose work newer developments are based; others find that their understanding of the natural world is enriched by appreciating the mathematical truths that it reflects and embodies.

All A Level Mathematics courses need a strong basis of algebra. You need to have a very good GCSE grade to feel comfortable at A Level but, even with lots of question practice, this will not in itself guarantee further success. Best results are likely from those who enjoy seeking patterns and find satisfaction in solving problems correctly.


We offer the following Edexcel A Level courses:

  • A level Mathematics
  • A level Further Mathematics

A level Mathematics

This majority of this course, two-thirds, is Pure Mathematics.  The remaining one-third is split between Statistics and Mechanics.  The course is assessed by 3 exam papers at the end of the second year.

A level Further Mathematics

Alongside the single Mathematics A Level, you may also study Further Mathematics. The course contains Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Girls studying Further Mathematics will receive 12 lessons per week and are expected to complete the whole of the ‘A level Mathematics’ course in the Lower Sixth, and the Further Mathematics core content and two options in the Upper Sixth.  The options consist of Further Pure Mathematics, Further Statistics and Further Mechanics.  The course is assessed by 4 exam papers at the end of the second year.

You need a real love of Mathematics and be happy to commit yourself to two years of intense study of the subject.

  • Further Maths is really a must if you wish to study Mathematics at either Cambridge or Oxford and even some of the London colleges such as Imperial.
  • It may also be an attractive course for girls who want more stretching in Maths in preparation for their courses at university (specifically Maths, Engineering, Physics, Design Technology, Natural Sciences, and even PPE at Oxford and Economics at Cambridge).


For both Mathematics courses you will need to acquire a large body of structured knowledge and be able to apply this knowledge to solving problems.  We hope you will experience wonder in Mathematics for its relevance, power, beauty and elegance.

 

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