Maths - Key Stage 5
We offer 3 A-Level courses - Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, and Further Mathematics. More details on both of these courses can be found in our Sixth Form Course Guide.
You will study a level Mathematics over two years with one set of examinations at the end of Year 13. The modules you will learn will include pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics.
There may be an option to sit the AS exam at the end of Year 13 if you are unable to continue with maths in Year 13. However, an AS cannot be used to gain credit towards the full A Level.
A Level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full time courses in Higher Education. There are many areas of employment that see a Mathematics A Level as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas. Higher Education courses or careers that either require A Level Mathematics, or are strongly related, include Economics, Teaching, Medicine, Psychology, Architecture, Engineering, Computing and Accountancy. If you should wish to continue your study of Mathematics after A Level, you could follow a course in Mathematics at degree level or even continue further as a postgraduate and become involved in research projects.
The AQA Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies is aimed at students who achieved a grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths but are not taking AS or A’ level Maths.
It is half the size of an A’ level and has UCAS points attached to it. It is taught over two years, with all of the exams being taken at the end of Year 13.
It particularly provides useful maths skills for students studying such courses as A’ level Psychology, Sciences and Geography. Students learn and apply real world maths skills.
We also offer Further Mathematics as a full A Level over two years where you will study further topics in pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics.
All content you learn in Years 12 and 13 will be examined at the end of Year 13 for the full A Level Further Mathematics qualification. There is an option to sit the AS exam at the end of Year 13 if you are unable to continue with Further Mathematics in Year 13.
Further Maths will provide an excellent preparation for students going on to study degree courses in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or any of the Engineering courses – Software, Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical etc. It is also attractive, in conjunction with other subjects, for a wider range of courses than any other subject.
Universities usually make better offers to students wanting to do STEM degrees if they are studying Further Mathematics A Level.