If you feel you have a logical mind, enjoy a challenge and want to explore maths in diverse and thought provoking ways, this course is for you.

Who is it for?

Able mathematicians, with a genuine interest and desire to broaden and extend their knowledge in both applied and abstract mathematics.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entrance requirements, the department requires a grade 6 in GCSE mathematics (higher tier paper) and a grade 6 at GCSE science. All students will be expected to pass a skills test within the first two weeks of starting the A level course to ensure that they are fluent in the necessary algebra and arithmetic skills for coping with this course.  We will provide resources to help students maintain and improve these skills over the summer break.

Course content

A variety of topics including:

  • Calculus (integration and differentiation) - Advanced algebra
  • Probability - Statistics
  • Mechanics - Numerical methods
  • Problem solving using mathematical models - Differential equations

Weekly commitment

Approximately five hours classwork and five hours homework


Three modules will be taken in June of both Year 12 and Year 13.

Additional Costs

You will need a scientific calculator. Graphic calculators will be useful but are not necessary for the AS and A2 level courses.

Career Prospects

Mathematics at this level is an essential requirement for courses in higher education in the field of mathematics, and advised for physical and chemical sciences and engineering.  It can also be used to support many other A Level subjects such as computing and biological sciences.  The ideal candidate will be hardworking, feel confident with algebra and will have enjoyed all aspects of mathematics at GCSE.

For further information, contact:

Mrs S Hankinson, Head of Mathematics