Miss J Dyer BA York PGCE (Head of Department); Mr S F Jolly BSc Durham, PGCE; Mrs P Jolly MA Cantab, PGCE; Miss H Morris BSc (QTS) Sheffield Hallam; Mr M Beardsley BA Oxford (Christ Church) PGCE, Mrs F E Wells M.Sc. Hull, B.Sc. Liverpool, PGCE
Examination body: Edexcel
AS Level Mathematics could sensibly be studied in combination with any other subject.
Therefore, whatever your main interest, if you are good at Maths, and enjoy it, you should take it at A Level. Past A Level Maths pupils have become lawyers, engineers and doctors.
If you are thinking of going into a broadly scientific area, Mathematics can only be a help and may be vital. If you are wondering how good you have to be, then there are no fixed rules. Broadly speaking, at A Level, your AS grade will not be better than your GCSE grade but what matters most is your attitude and willingness to work.
Obtaining a Maths A Level shows that you have the transferable skills of analysis, logic, and problem-solving, which will always come in handy. Some degree subjects such as Physics and Engineering ask for a Maths A Level as part of the entry requirements. Others, such as Medicine and Architecture, do not make it a necessity, but they still have a fair amount of mathematical content.
You will need an A grade at GCSE. We do occasionally accept pupils who obtain B grades but you must be prepared to work very hard, and this normally only happens in exceptional circumstances.
Delivery and assessment
AS Level Mathematics is made up of two sections:
Pure Maths - This is two-thirds of the course and extends the Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Sequences work from GCSE and introduces Calculus.
Applied Maths - This is one-third of the course and is made up of both Statistics and Mechanics. The Statistics is an extension of topics such as Histograms and Probability at GCSE, whereas the Mechanics involves new topics such as forces and momentum.
A Level Mathematics is a direct extension of AS Mathematics. It covers everything from the AS course, but extends both the Pure and Applied sections in more depth.
Maneka studied A Levels in Economics, Maths and Physics, and she received the Hull Collegiate Effort and Progress Prize in Year 12. She swiftly secured an internship at Barclays, before going on to study Economics at the University of Leicester.
After studying Chemistry, Physics and Maths at A Level, Chloe went on to read Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University, starting in 2015. She is currently applying for summer and year placements to work in industry, before completing her Master’s degree.