Course Level – 3
Course Type – A-Level
Specific Entry Requirements
Five GCSEs at grade 5-9 including English with Maths at grade 6-9
Duration – 2 Years
Student Age – 16-18
About The Course
A Level Mathematics gives you an opportunity to develop your skills in topics such as algebra, trigonometry, statistics, probability, proof, and problem-solving. The course is composed of Pure Mathematics (2/3 of the course) and Applied Mathematics (1/3 of the course).
A Level Mathematics is a fun, creative, and empowering subject, which gives us the opportunity to think deeply about abstract problems. It can also be used to create models and algorithms to find solutions to a wide range of problems, e.g. in business, science, planning, politics, etc.
At BSix we have a weekly Maths club where students and teachers meet to discuss interesting problems; students are encouraged to go to events at King’s College London and The University of Cambridge to further explore the subject.
How Is The Course Taught?
Lessons are a mixture of class discussion, note-taking, group work, and individual work, with short quizzes and learning checks to consolidate learning. Homework and independent study work are set every week, on paper or online (e.g. using Dr. Frost or Microsoft Teams).
How will I be Assessed?
You will be assessed throughout the year through a series of formative assessment methods, including mock exams and end-of-year progression assessments, to check you are keeping pace and understand the content taught.
At the end of your second year, you will sit 3 final exams. Each of these exams is 2 hours long and worth 100 marks. Exams 1 and 2 test your Pure Mathematics knowledge, with Exam 3 testing your Applied (Statistics and Mechanics) knowledge.
What does it lead to?
A Level Mathematics but is generally required to study for a degree in: Actuarial Science, Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics.
A Level Mathematics is a useful qualifying subject for a large range of degree courses, such as Accountancy, Architecture, Biochemistry, Business Studies, Computer Science, Dentistry Dietetics, Geography, Law, Management Studies, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physiotherapy, Planning, Psychology, Surveying and Teacher Training.
These degree courses lead to a wide range of career choices, for example:
Architect; annual salary £38,000
Actuary, Economist, or Statistician; annual salary £50,000.