A Level Mathematics is a rigorous maths course that builds upon GCSE Mathematics, developing your algebra and creative problem solving skills to gain a deeper understanding of the beauty and breadth of mathematics. You will build analytic tools to use in a wide variety other courses such as science, economics and computing.
The course allows you to hone your pure mathematics skills in algebra and develop new skills in calculus (the theory of change), trigonometry, infinite series, numerical methods and vectors, improving your creative problem solving skills and looking at mathematical proof. You will also apply your knowledge of mathematics to the realm of statistics and mechanics. In statistics you will be analysing data and drawing conclusions from large data sets about real world situations and in mechanics you will look at how forces, gravity and motion work.
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If you wish to study 4 A Levels, you will need 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or above, including two at grade 8.
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.
There will be three exams, each lasting for two hours at the end of the two-year course. Two of the exams will test your pure mathematics skills and one exam will be on the applied aspects of mathematics.
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
A Levels are widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.