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Post 16 Studies


The Mathematics Department gives students the opportunity to study A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Maths is a facilitating subject, which means it is more frequently required for entrance to University degrees and as such leaves you with a wide array of options when leaving your post 18 studies. The reason for this is that the study of Mathematics develops a range of logic, problem solving and thinking skills that are transferrable to many different subjects and contexts. If you would like to study Mathematics at degree level it is recommended that you also also complete a Further Maths A level.

A Level Mathematics

Exam Board Edexcel
Assessment Examination at the end of year 2
Overview The two year course provides students with a thorough grounding in Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. The course is split into three main sections: Pure Maths (2/3 of the content), Statistics (1/6 of the content) and Mechanics (1/6 of the content).
Units studied Pure Maths - Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors.
Statistics - sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing.
Mechanics - Quantities and units, kinematics, forces and Newton's laws and moments.
Future pathways Problem solving, analytic and data interpretation skills also mean that Mathematicians are suitable for a range of jobs in Finance, HR, Science, Engineering and Computing. Students of A Level Mathematics also go on to study a wide variety of subjects at degree level, ranging from law to engineering. It is recommended that students wishing to study Sciences at university have at least an AS Level qualification in Mathematics.

A level Further Mathematics

Exam Board Edexcel
Assessment Examination at the end of year 2
Overview The two year course provides students with the opportunities to study some wider aspects of Mathematics. It will develop critical thinking and non-routine problem solving skills alongside the ability to adapt to different situations and contexts. Matrices and complex numbers are just two areas which are investigated on this course. The applied units studied are designed to develop logical problem solving through the use of algorithms.
Units studied Pure - Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations.
Further Pure 1 - Further trigonometry, Further Calculus, Further differential equations, Coordinate systems, Further vectors, Further numerical methods and Inequalities.
Decision 1 - Algorithm and graph theory, Algorithms on graphs, Critical path analysis and Linear programming.
Future pathways Further mathematics is a highly desirable qualification for students who wish to study Mathematics or Engineering at university and is recommended for Maths applicants at Oxford and Cambridge. As above Further Maths is a facilitating subject and can lead to a wide array of degree courses. Furthermore it is seen as very useful in jobs in Finance, HR, Science, Engineering and Computing.