Mathematics is a popular course in the Sixth Form with over 60% of the students choosing to study A Level
Students that wish to study Mathematics in Year 12 will require a Grade 7 or higher at their GCSE 9-1 Mathematics. We also get them to sit a 45 minute (non-calculator) entrance exam which will test their algebra skills.
The result of this test will highlight to us their suitability for the course, if the score is below a certain level, we will strongly recommend that students complete some additional maths questions over the summer to improve their algebra skills which are vital to success in the course.
These are contained in our A Level Induction Booklet which can be found at the bottom of this page
From September 2017, A level Mathematics became a linear course with all exams taken at the end of Year 13.
We have selected the Edexcel exam board whose specification can be found at the bottom of this page
We typically have around 80 students studying A level mathematics in 4 sets. The department has a strong track record of success at ‘A’ level with over 90% achieving a Grade B or above in summer 2019.
The content of the 2017 linear A level mathematics is fully prescribed with no optional content. Pupils will be taught by 2 specialist mathematics teachers with one double and one single lesson from each teacher per week. One teacher will teach half of the Pure content along with the Mechanics, and the other will teach Statistics along with the remaining Pure.
Students have the opportunity to take part in the Maths Challenges organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, UKMT.
The Senior Challenge is in November and up to 40 sixth form students can choose to take part.
We also take a team of 4 students to the Senior Team Challenge (for Years 12/13). Last year our team made it through to compete in the National Finals in London.
Further information about all of these and sample questions can be found on the UKMT website