# Mathematics

Mathematics is an essential tool for everyday life. It gives you an important key to understanding the world we live in as you develop your mathematical skills. The problem solving skills you will develop studying advanced level Maths are highly valued in most careers and mathematical ability is very highly regarded by both universities and employers.

# A Level Maths

*Core*

- Irrational Numbers
- Algebra
- Coordinate Geometry
- Calculus
- Trigonometry
- Sequences and Series
- Vectors
- Numerical methods

*Applied Topics*

- Statistics
- Mechanics

# A Level Further Maths

*A Level Maths core plus*

- Complex Numbers
- Conic Sections
- Polar Co-ordinates
- Hyperbolic Functions
- Matrices

*Applied Topics*

- Decision Mathematics
- Statistics
- Mechanics

It is a very difficult subject, but the sense of achievement after finally understanding a certain topic or a question is so worth it.

# Course Essentials

Courses Available

A Level in Mathematics

A Level in Further Mathematics

Entry Requirements

**PLUS**

Maths: Grade 6 in GCSE Maths

Further Maths: Grade 7 in GCSE Maths

How The Course is Assessed

100% Exam

Career Pathways

Maths qualifications are considered essential or desirable for a whole host of degree subjects including virtually all sciences, economics and related courses and many social science courses. There is a national shortage of mathematicians, and employment prospects are good. To get some idea of careers open to those studying Maths at A Level and beyond, look at the careers section at www.mathscareers.org.uk

Transferable Skills

Problem solving; logical thinking; conceptual ability; analysis and interpretation of data; research skills.

Other Information

Students have the opportunity to take part in the UK Maths Challenge and the Southampton Cipher Challenge. University preparation classes for STEP, AEA and Oxbridge Entrance Exams are also available.

Enquiries To

Scott Cosby: sco@varndean.ac.uk