Mathematics at Waldegrave School and Sixth Form
A level Mathematics is a challenge awaiting all gifted and able mathematicians. It will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of mathematical processes and skills. A level Mathematics will join the dots between the concepts studied at KS4 and help you to develop a logical mind.
Who would it suit?
The course suits students who enjoy the challenge of analysing and solving problems and the satisfaction and confidence gained from achieving the correct answer. It would especially suit students considering careers in science, psychology, medicine, accountancy, architecture, business and engineering.
“The satisfaction gained from mastering a problem in mathematics is worth all the frustrations and difficulties you first feel when faced with the problem."
The mathematics course covers core mathematics, statistics and/or mechanics. Core mathematics extends GCSE algebra and trigonometry and includes new topics such as calculus and numerical methods. Statistics is about the analysis and interpretation of data in order to make conclusions about it. Mechanics is the maths behind everyday movements.
You will sit three 90 minute examinations each year in June. One paper is a non-calculator paper.
A level Mathematics is required for higher education courses in mathematics, science, economics and engineering and is highly regarded by the majority of employers and universities because of the demands it makes and the skills it develops. A 2002 survey found that an A level in mathematics in itself led to salaries 8% higher than those of young people with otherwise similar backgrounds, by their mid-twenties.
Enrichment opportunities include the UKMT senior maths challenge, IFS student investment competition, university maths taster sessions and master classes, leadership opportunities for KS3/4, school based maths clubs, project based learning.
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How to apply
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