Mathematics is about the logical study of pattern in shape and number. In a complex world, professionals, managers, researchers etc. need to have analytical minds to solve difficult problems. Mathematics is the tool that allows you to do this. Competence in mathematics is highly regarded and valued in industry and commerce. Graduates in all subjects average 10% extra pay within 5 years if they have A level mathematics, in comparison with those who do not. There is no coursework element in the A2 mathematics course. There are also no specific synoptic papers in mathematics.
For the A level you will study three modules with exams being taken at the end of the year 13.
Module P1 (a two hour paper worth 100 marks)
Core: covers algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequence and series, exponentials and
logarithms, vectors, trigonometry , differentiation and integration.
Module P2 (a two hour paper worth 100 marks)
Core: covers proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, further
trigonometry, further differentiation, further integration, numerical methods and vectors.
Module SM (a two hour paper worth 100 marks)
Statistics: covers statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical
distribution and hypothesis.
Mechanics: covers kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.
You can study mathematics at university, perhaps in combination with another subject. Many university courses in science, engineering, computing and economics insist on A level mathematics as an entrance requirement. It also gives a positive advantage in many other areas of study such as geography and psychology.