Why choose Maths?

The traditional Maths course at advanced level gives students the essential tools required to study and understand abstract ideas in a wide range of contexts. Students enjoy its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. The solution of a problem has an excitement and a satisfaction. This qualification includes pure maths, mechanics and statistics. Mechanics builds on Newtonian ideas of motion and forces and is strongly linked to Physics. Statistics allows us to make sense of the world around us through data analysis.

We offer the following courses in Year 12:
1. Mathematics
2. Double Mathematics
The key theme in all these options is a continued study of algebra and graphs.


  • Maths is a facilitating subject for Maths and Science based degree courses.
  • Entirely assessed through examinations at the end of the two years.
  • Maths is good training for the mind, helping to develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills – the kind of analytical processes that have helped solve problems of all kinds for thousands of years.
  • A focus on the abstract, linking algebra with geometry, rather than real world application.
  • Four lessons plus four hours independent study per week.

How can I know whether I'll be suited to A level Maths?

You may be surprised to hear that this is by no means just about your GCSE grade. It is more important for you to reflect on the fact that you need to become fluent with algebra to be successful at A level Maths, algebra being the language of the subject at this level. (It is possible to struggle with algebra at GCSE Maths yet obtain a high grade through proficiency in other topics such as arithmetic, geometry and statistics.)
In preparation for your maths course we will be setting summer work, and there will be an early assessment of your algebraic skills to ensure that you are doing the most appropriate Maths course.
If you need help assessing your algebra skills, you could seek advice from your teacher.

Pure Maths problem

Determine the coordinates of the intersection points illustrated below:

Mechanics problem

A car of mass 1000kg initially at rest on a straight horizontal road is subject to a constant resultant force of 2000N. Determine the distance travelled in 10 seconds.


Statistics problem

Amy has determined she can bowl a strike 20% of the time. Calculate the probability that she bowls 2 strikes in her next 4 shots.


Answers to problems
Core Maths: (-1,0) and (5,6); Mechanics: 100m; Statistics: 0.1536

Mathematics supports progression to the following degree courses and careers: Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Architecture, Materials Science, Design, Computing, Business, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Economics, Accounting, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biology, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 7 or A in Mathematics.

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