Mathematics at King's College London Mathematics School
Mathematical developments have underpinned the technological and information revolutions that have transformed the modern world, and yet the subject is far more than simply a valuable tool for scientists, engineers and financial analysts: it is a beautiful, powerful, enriching and immensely stimulating subject.
What is mathematics about? In your experiences to date it may only be about learning how to solve specific types of questions, but this is a very incomplete and unfair picture of the subject. Mathematics is the study of patterns and structure. Mathematicians are key individuals in such a wide variety of roles in today’s world because of their ability to think abstractly and to generalise concepts, and these skills are the skills we will teach you.
At King’s College London Mathematics School, you will learn to think rigorously and precisely, but also creatively, to solve problems. You will learn to construct arguments and to justify them confidently. Mathematicians are the world’s greatest problem solvers, and you will join their ranks.
There are several strands to the mathematics curriculum. In Core Mathematics you answer many intriguing questions.
How can you solve the equation x² = -4 ?
Why can’t you solve x² + 5y² = 10003 if x and y are integers?
How does your calculator know that sin45° = 0.707... ?
Which is larger, √7π or π√7 ?
In Mechanics you study motion and change: why do you fall backwards when the tube carriage lurches forward? How do you kick a football over the goalkeeper and into the net? Why can you predict solar eclipses next century but not the weather next Tuesday? In Statistics you learn how to make justifiable inferences despite the ineradicable presence of uncertainty. How likely is it that the number 785994771137 is a prime number (and why might the CIA want to know?) How do farmers set next year’s wheat prices? What’s the best way of choosing your spouse? In Decision Mathematics you examine how many of the world's modern problems are solved by computational algorithms. What's the most efficient way to multiply two huge numbers? What is so hard about the travelling salesman problem?
Throughout mathematics lessons, your teachers will encourage you to put forward your own ideas, and will help you to build them, either independently or collaboratively, into powerful and general methods. There will be specific lessons dedicated to improving your ability to solve difficult, abstract problems, and developing your ability to explain your ideas confidently and coherently, both verbally and on paper.
Our aim is for King’s College London Mathematics School to provide an opportunity for the brightest and best young mathematicians to stretch themselves and prepare to study mathematics or mathematics-related subjects at university. In doing so, we are keen to provide this school for students who may otherwise not have access to the opportunities for an outstanding mathematical education which the school will offer.
The application process reflects this aim.
The timeline of events for late applicants will be as follows:
March: Application deadline
March: Admissions test, 9:30 – 11:30am
April: Interviews, 9am – 4pm
April: Get your offer
May: Accept your place
May: Welcome event for students and parent / carers
June: post-GCSE taster event for offer holders
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King's College London Mathematics School directly.