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Mathematics A Level at Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports and Science College

Course description

Why should i study Mathematics?

  • Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem solving skills.
  • Studying maths help give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.
  • Maths is a 'facilitating’ subject, which means that it will help you to study lots of other subjects. Maths helps supports the study of subjects like Physics, Chemistry, IT, Economics, Business and Biology.  However studying Maths alongside essay subjects like English or History can help keep your options open for more jobs and university courses.
  • Studying maths can lead to careers in accounting, medicine, engineering, forensic pathology, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, civil service, design, construction and astrophysics to name a few…

Course content

In the first year you will study three themes:

  • Mathematical argument, language and proof
  • Mathematical problem solving
  • Mathematical modelling

These three themes will involve the study of Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics.

Pure Maths:
Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation and Integration

Vectors, Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics and Forces and Newton’s laws.

Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions and Statistical hypothesis testing.

In the second year of the course these themes will be covered in greater depth with additional content such as Numerical Methods and Moments.

Entry requirements

A minimum grade 6 in Mathematics GCSE

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide you with a detailed specification for both Maths and Further Maths as we are waiting for the exam board specifications to be accredited by Ofqual.


The course is assessed entirely by external examinations. There are three examinations taken at the end of the second year each two hours long containing a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. (If taken only as an AS there will be two exams of an hour and a half each.)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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