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A Level Mathematics at John Smeaton Academy

Course description

Maths is the language of the universe and the world we live in; it is still the world’s only common language. It is the cornerstone of the sciences and the bedrock of the ICT revolution.


Maths describes why planets remain in motion around stars, it has provided us with an understanding of electricity leading to the development of the microchip. The internet is built upon the application of algorithms. Quite simply, maths is responsible for all of the technological advances made within the last few thousand years.


Course content

What does the course involve?


The course is taught over two years encompassing.

· Pure mathematics—trigonometry, calculus, functions, graphs, vectors, proof.

· Mechanics—kinematics, forces and motion, constant and variable acceleration.

· Statistics—probability, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing.

Students will sit three exams at the end of the two year course, two in pure mathematics and one in mechanics and statistics.


Future opportunities


Maths A level is a highly prized and sought after qualification due to the logistical approach to problem solving it prescribes.


Both universities and employers look favourably upon students who have achieved maths at A level.


The career paths are limitless with many highly paid and highly respected careers. A few possibilities are listed here:


Animator, special effects director, computer games designer, forensic scientist, astronaut, cryptanalyst, architect, doctor, fashion designer, accountancy, actuary, astronomer, meteorologist, environmental consultant, stockbroker, interior designer, car designer, political scientist, aeronautical engineer, NASA.


Further information

‘Maths is logistical and fun, its hard work but rewarding when I solve a complex problem’

‘I chose to stay at John Smeaton because of the teachers—they always go out of their way to help—even in holidays!’


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: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years for A Level