The main reason for studying Mathematics to an advanced level is that it is interesting and enjoyable. People like its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. The solution of a problem has an excitement and a satisfaction.
“The mathematician does not study Pure Mathematics because it is useful, he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.”
Are there any recommendations for entry to the course?
Students must normally have achieved a grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics. It is important that students have covered the full range of topics required at Higher Tier GCSE.
What will I study?
We will follow a linear course. Mathematics has compulsory ‘pure’ elements and applied elements.
Pure 1 & 2 – Proof; Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry, differentiation; integration, numerical methods, vectors.
Statistics – Statistical sampling; data presentation and interpretation; probability; statistical distributions; statistical hypothesis testing.
Mechanics – Quantities and units in mechanics; kinematics; forces and Newton’s laws; movements.
How will I be assessed?
There are three units and each unit examination lasts 2 hours and is worth 301/3% of the course.
What can study of this subject lead to?
A mathematical background is essential for many courses in Higher Education. Careers in Finance, Economics, Science, Architecture and Medicine will all benefit from studying Mathematics at A Level