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AS/A level Mathematics at Forge Valley School

Course description

Mathematics is a challenging and rewarding A Level that will really develop both your academic skills and personal qualities. There are four reasons why you should consider it:

 

  1. Directly transferable skills. A level Maths content is directly transferable to many different disciplines and specialisms, whether at university or in the workplace. This is probably more true of Maths than any other A level subject! Mathematical modelling is one of the overarching themes in the new A level because it’s used so widely in the real world.
  2. Analytical thinking. A level Maths is your chance to prove on your CV that you can reason like a problem-solver and you can communicate your thinking clearly and precisely. You are training your brain to develop the most sought-after thinking skills and universities/employers know that success in A level Maths is brilliant evidence of this. If you enjoy the satisfaction of solving a difficult problem that has made you persevere, A level Maths is for you!
  3. Increased earning potential and employment opportunities. By the age of 34, those with A-level Maths can expect to earn approximately 11% more on average than students of other A levels (Adkins and Noyes, Reassessing the Economic Value of A Level Maths, 2016). Don’t miss out!
  4. Maths is an incredibly rich subject that is rewarding in its own right. There is great beauty in mathematics! The more of it you learn, the greater its potential to astonish you.

Course content

You will study pure and applied mathematics in a ratio of 2:1. Pure maths includes algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus. The applied maths comprises statistics and mechanics.

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent, including English.

The minimum Maths grade required is 6.

Although it is very difficult, it is possible to get a good grade at A level from a GCSE grade 6.

If that might be you, ask yourself: A) are you prepared to put the extra-long hours in? (The most confident students will be doing 5+ hours per week of independent study, you will probably need considerably more); and B) do you like algebra? (Algebra is more important at A level than GCSE; if you don’t like algebra, it’s not for you!)

 

Assessment

Y12 AS Level (with Edexcel)

2 hours, Exam - Pure Mathematics

1 hour 15 minutes - Exam Applied Mathematics.

 

Y13 Advanced Level (with Edexcel)

2 hours, Exam - Pure Mathematics (retesting your AS knowledge)

2 hours, Exam - Pure Mathematics

2 hours, Exam - Applied Mathematics

Future opportunities

A-level Maths is considered essential for many university courses and employment opportunities, and is very highly valued across the board.  

Those considering careers in science, engineering, economics, business, accountancy or banking - to name only a few - will benefit greatly from studying A Level Maths.

 

Mathematics A-level would be applicable for the following:

Courses/careers in Mathematics, Engineering and most areas of Physics (Further Mathematics is often helpful and often required, for some of these courses).

Computing, Accountancy, Economics, Business, Banking, Air Traffic Control, Retail Management, Architecture, Surveying, Cartography, Psychology and, of course, teaching to name but a few.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 October 2018
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