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A Level: Maths at De Lisle College

Course description

"Mathematics is the language with which God has written the Universe"

-Galileo Galilei


Mathematics is a universal part of human culture. It is the tool and language of commerce, engineering and other sciences – physics, computing, biology etc. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us. Mathematics plays a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life, for example:

• Space travel

• Safeguarding credit card details on the internet

• Modelling the spread of epidemics

• Predicting stock market prices

• Business decision making

Course content

As society becomes more technically dependent, there will be an increasing requirement for people with a high level of mathematical training. Analytical and quantitative skills are sought by a wide range of employers. An A-Level in mathematics provides you with a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. This leads to careers that are exciting, challenging and diverse in nature. Whatever your career plans, or if you have no plans at present, an A-Level in mathematics provides you with particularly good job prospects.

Mathematics is a popular option at De Lisle College and can be offered in conjunction with many other option subjects. Under the new specification the course content is the same for all exam boards and the final decision about which board will be used is currently under review; a decision will be made early in the new academic year.


What will I study?

Year 1

In Year 12 you will study 3 different strands of mathematics: Pure mathematics, including algebra, coordinate geometry, trigonometry and calculus; statistics, including probability, discrete distributions and large data sets; and mechanics, including motion and forces.

Year 2

In Year 13 you will build on your year 12 study in each of the 3 strands. Pure mathematics will include advanced algebra and calculus, exponential and logarithmic functions, further trigonometry and differential equations. In statistics you will look at correlation, further probability, and continuous distributions. Mechanics will include the study of friction, moments and projectiles.

UK Mathematics Challenge

Some students will have the opportunity to take part in the UK Mathematics Challenge.

There are both individual and team competitions.

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

(All prospective students will be provided with a pack which must be completed before the start of Year 12. This covers GCSE skills which are fundamental to the A Level course and includes algebra, coordinate geometry and graphs.)


For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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Future opportunities

Students with Mathematics A Level and Mathematics Degree become amongst the best earners!

You could also go straight into a job as the qualification is a recognised as helping you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

You could take this course with other subjects to prepare for higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser or Teacher.

The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and financial sectors. The course is highly suitable for all students with the relevant qualifications as described above. Clearly those students wishing to study Engineering. Business, Accountancy, Science and any Science-related qualifications at Degree level or beyond.

Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.


Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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