Please Note:It is highly recommended that students following a combination of Maths/Biology/Chemistry/Physics A level courses have at least one GCSE grade 7 in one of these chosen subjects.
A Level Maths is a versatile, facilitating A-Level for those students who really enjoy solving equations, drawing graphs and working with algebra. Pure Mathematics contributes two-thirds of the course and involves primarily mathematical proof, geometry and algebra. The remaining third of the course is split evenly between
Statistics and Mechanics (the study of how objects move)
A level Mathematics is a highly valued and useful course, which is suited to students who enjoy problem-solving, algebra and numeracy. This course extends your knowledge from GCSE Mathematics through exploring many fascinating areas of pure and applied mathematics.
In the first year you will start by studying the foundation topics, building on GCSE Mathematics, such as surds, straight lines and quadratics. You will then move on to pure topics such as calculus and logarithms, statistics topics such as numerical measures and hypothesis testing, and mechanics topics such as kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion.
In the second year you will further your understanding of pure topics met in the first year, such as trigonometry and calculus, and will study new ones such as sequences and numerical methods. You will also extend your understanding of statistical distributions and more realistic contexts in mechanics through consideration of friction and moments.
Over the two years you will greatly develop your problem-solving skills in a variety of pure and applied contexts.
Maths at Loreto is challenging, but also rewarding in terms of the skills gained
You will develop your logical, analytical, interpretative and problem solving skills to gain technical knowledge and highly transferable employability skills. Through group work, you will also improve your social and communication skills.
Degree choices where A-level Mathematics is an essential requirement: actuarial science, engineering, economics, mathematics, physics, statistics. There are many well-paid careers which follow on from A-level Mathematics: engineer, actuary, quantitative analyst, economics/ financial adviser, accountant, cryptographer (decoding and
encoding information), computer animator, and many more.
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