Maths A level will teach you to think logically, to process information accurately, and to understand and manipulate numbers and mathematical processes. These are all skills
which will benefit you greatly in whatever profession you choose and it is these skills, which more and more employers are looking for in prospective employees. You will be
able to study AS and A2 in both Maths and Further Maths.
Course Content and Assessment
We offer two courses in Year 12 (AS Maths and AS
Further Maths) which are continued to full A level in year
2017 will see the introduction of the new A level
courses with pure maths, statistics and mechanics being
combined for the A level Maths course. As all exam
boards will be covering the same material there will
no longer be any choice of application units. The final
assessment will be via three equally weighted 2-hour
examinations in June of year 13.
Further Mathematics introduces students to new
mathematical concepts that they have not previously
met at GCSE or A-level Maths. They will revisit many
of these new topics should they opt to continue their
study of Maths at degree level. Although based on pure
mathematics, Further Maths allows more flexibility to
extend studies into additional Mechanics, Statistics,
Decision Maths or yet more Pure Mathematics (the
choice of the majority of the students will determine
which of the options we offer). The assessment for this
course will be through four equally weighted 1 ½ hour
The new A levels will flow more naturally from the
new GCSE course than the previous A levels did with
the style of questioning being similar and the use of
problem solving throughout, enabling student to make
the transition more readily; the revamped A level looks
to encourage linking topics rather than studying them
in isolation, a skill already being taught within the new
For students hoping to eventually continue their
Mathematical studies at top universities (Eg.
Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick etc) we offer support for
the subject specific tests that have to be taken as part
of the application process.
You will be expected to have achieved at least a grade B
at GCSE. A good grasp of Algebraic concepts is desirable.
For Further Maths you will be expected to have achieved
at least an A grade preferably A* at GCSE and having a
good understanding of Algebra is essential.
Where will this Course take me?
With a Maths degree you can go into Accountancy,
Banking and Finance, Engineering, Medicine, Computer
Games Design, Social Science, Architecture, Aviation
and IT ... to name but a few. Indeed Maths is the most
common subject required for many degree courses. In
fact there are very few degree courses for which Maths
would not be useful. On average, a graduate of any
degree can expect to earn £149,760 more in his or her
lifetime than a person leaving education with two A
levels. For Maths and computing graduates, this figure
rises to over £220,000! Jobs in the
Finance Sector for Maths graduates are usually offered
with salaries between £40k and £150K!
I have been teaching Maths for 25 years and have been Head of Department at Huish Episcopi for the last 11. I have a degree in Maths and French from Liverpool University. I studied for my PGCE at St Luke's in Exeter. Having wanted to teach from the age of seven and loving Maths I can truly say that this is my dream job!