Mathematics A Level at St Anselm's College
Mathematics A level consists of three main areas of study - Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. All three are compulsory. In Pure Mathematics you will learn about series, algebra, functions and graphs. You will also study more about the trigonometric
functions and calculus - one of the most important and widely applied areas of mathematics. Statistics builds on data handling from GCSE and goes much further. Mechanics is also studied in Physics and is about motion and forces.
These two subjects are about using mathematics to model real situations.
You must have a grade 7 GCSE in Mathematics.
Assessment will consist of three 2 hour examinations taken at the end of Year 13:
Pure Mathematics 1, Pure Mathematics 2 and Mechanics/Statistics.
Each examination carries equal weight towards you final grade.
Mathematics is the most multi-purpose A level.
For those intending to continue on to university, there are very few degree subjects for which a Maths A Level would not be useful. Many degree courses do not require specific A level subjects, but, of those that do, Maths is by far the subject most commonly required. For example, the University of Liverpool has 251 undergraduate courses of which 94 have mathematics A-level as a requirement. For many more it is desirable. That is far more than any other A level subject.
There are many career paths for which mathematics is useful because it requires high order thinking and problem solving skills.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Anselm's College directly.