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## What Will I Study?

This course gives you an insight into some of the diverse topics that can be studied in Mathematics. Pure Maths concepts such as Algebra, Trigonometry, Number Sequences and Calculus will comprise 67% of the course. Statistics and Mechanics techniques will make up the remaining 33% of the course. While Maths is an intellectually stimulating subject in its own right which develops your problem solving skills, it is also a useful aid to other courses with mathematical content such as the Sciences, Computer Science and Economics.

You would be expected to study 3 full A level equivalent courses alongside it if you studied Maths at AS level.

67% of the content is Pure Maths (Algebra, Trigonometry, Number Sequences, Calculus)

16.5% of the content is Statistics

16.5% of the content is Mechanics (theoretical Physics, such as suvat and Newton's laws)

## Options

You can study a full A Level in Mathematics or an AS Level in Mathematics.

Both options are delivered over 2 years, with all relevant exams being sat in May / June of the second year.

Both options involve 67% Pure Maths, 16.5% Statistics and 16.5% Mechanics.

Both options are assessed by examination only; coursework does not feature in AS or A Level Mathematics.

## More Info

When learning Maths, you need to do lots of practice questions to help embed the techniques and concepts.

In lessons we will practice the techniques, and for homework these techniques will be applied to solving exam-style questions.

The weekly homework assignment will be a substantial piece of work, which will be an essential part of the course.

Assessment is through examinations at the end of the two years.

Mathematics A-Level is useful for all sorts of Higher Education courses. Obviously, it forms the basis of a Mathematics degree (if you are considering this, you should also consider studying A Level Further Mathematics). It is essential if you are considering studying the following degree courses at a Russell Group university: Maths, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Geophysics.

There are usually two or three optional trips per year to lectures (targeted at A level Maths students) at Oxford University and elsewehere.

Recent trips and events include the following:

Stephen Hawking lecture at Oxford University

"Exploring Mathematics" seminars at Royal Holloway University

"Maths in Action" lectures at Warwick University

"Maths of the Brain" lecture at Oxford University

Senior Maths Challenges

The calculator (**Casio FX991 EX**) is **required **for A level Mathematics. It is currently sold by the College shop for £24. This cost may increase slightly by September 2018, but it won't be a significant hike in price.

The textbooks are available online. However, many students find the online version a little awkward to use so are happy to invest in hard copies for themselves. The cost of the textbooks via Pearson in October 2017 was as follows:

Year 1 Pure (ISBN 978-1292183398) £18.66

Year 1 Statistics / Mechanics (ISBN 978-1292232539) £9.32

Year 2 Pure (ISBN 978-1292183404) £18.66

Year 2 Statistics / Mechanics (ISBN 978-1446944073) £9.32

We were able to get a significant discount for students by bulk buying in September 2017. However, we cannot be confident we will get such a discount in future.

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

Recent trips and events include the following:

Stephen Hawking lecture at Oxford University

"Exploring Mathematics" seminars at Royal Holloway University

"Maths in Action" lectures at Warwick University

"Maths of the Brain" lecture at Oxford University

Senior Maths Challenges

## FAQs

No, you are not required to have a graphical calculator. However, you would find one useful. If you do wish to buy one, we would recommend the Casio FX-9860Gii.

The calculator required for the course (Casio FX991 EX) is not a graphical calculator.

The **required** calculator for the course is the Casio FX991 EX ("Classwiz").

Currently £24 from the College shop or £25 from Amazon.

Not any more. The new linear A level Mathematics syllabus is 100% prescribed such that all exam boards are required to assess all students on the same content.

No, but if you are given the opportunity to study Additional Maths, then we would urge you to take it as it will help prepare you for the A level course.

Our minimum entry requirement is a grade 6 in GCSE Maths, but we recommend that you aim for a grade 7 or above to help make the transition to A level Maths smoother.

## Progression and Career Opportunities

People with maths and science skills are in demand. People with maths and science skills earn more. Starting salaries for science sector jobs can be as much as £32,000, putting them in the top 20% of starting salaries. People who did maths A-level earn around 10% more over their lifetime than those who did not. Nationally there is a shortage of people who can teach Maths.

**Career Opportunities: **

- Data Analyst
- Investment Analyst
- Software Engineer
- Statistician
- Accountant
- Financial Manager

Higher Education 55%

Employment/apprenticeships 31%

Hamish Siddons

Megan Snaith

Canberk Benning

Lydia Zioupos

Pam Nelson

Jessy Zhang

Zoe Mitchell

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