A Level Mathematics
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language as well as Maths at grade 5 or above.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

It is vital that we are able to understand mathematical ideas before we can start to apply them in the real world. A Level Mathematics will help you to do this. At A Level, Mathematics is far more algebraic than at GCSE so you will need a firm understanding of GCSE Algebra. There is also more emphasis on problem solving and proofs.

You will study a combination of pure Mathematics, statistics and mechanics.

Students are encouraged to seek help when needed, and this can be done via workshops, one-to-one meetings in the Mathematics office and online via Moodle. We also run a stretch and challenge workshop for those who wish to extend their learning, where you will be able to take part in activities that prepare you for the Mathematics Team Challenge and work towards additional Mathematics qualifications, which may be required for University.


What will I learn?

Core 1: Extension of GCSE Maths and Further Maths algebra and differentiation
Core 2: Extension of Core 1 algebra and the introduction to integration, logarithms and trigonometry
Core 3: Extension of calculus, logarithms and trigonometry
Core 4: Extension of integration and introduction to new coordinate systems
Statistics 1: A more analytical approach to GCSE Statistics along with probability theory Plus a choice of either:
Mechanics 1: Using mathematical modelling to solve real world problems
Decision 1: Using mathematical modelling to solve logistical problems

How will the course be assessed?

All units assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute exam at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2.


Every year a group of students attend the Mathematics Inspirations lectures in Manchester. There is also a Maths Club which gives you the opportunity to improve your problem solving skills and to enter ‘The Senior Team Mathematics Challenge’. This club also gives you the chance to stretch your mathematics beyond the curriculum, bridging the gap between A Level and Degree Level.

We have an excellent track record of helping students progress to the best universities to study Mathematics further, including the University of Oxford.

Materials and other information

A scientific calculator will be required.

Progression and Careers

A degree in Mathematics can lead to careers in medicine, engineering, statistics, operational research, accountancy, actuarial work, business management, insurance and teaching. If you are seriously interested in Mathematics at university, we would recommend that you also study Further Mathematics.

Former students have gone on to study at the University of Oxford, University of Warwick, King’s College London, the University of Leeds, University College London (UCL), Keele University, the University of York, the University of Manchester and Loughborough University, reading Mathematics,Mechanical Engineering,Medicine, Theoretical Physics and Economics.


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