Why should I study this subject?
There are many reasons why people choose to study A Level Mathematics. It might be a requirement for what you want to study at university. Since maths is one of the most traditional subjects a good grade in maths can boost an application for almost every course! Studies have also shown that people with Maths A Level also tend to earn more on average than people without it. Though this itself may or may not be a good enough reason to study maths, the skills it allows you to develop include problem solving, logic and analysing situations. Add in the improvements to your basic numeracy skills and that bit of creativity needed to solve maths problems and you’ve got yourself a set of skills which would make you more desirable for almost any job! Finally, you might also really like maths – this is as good a reason as any to continue studying it. If you study something you enjoy you are likely to do better at it. With maths there is the excitement of new discoveries you will make. You will see more of the beauty of it and realise just how much everything in the universe is connected to mathematics.
The bottom line is, maths is an amazing subject to have at A Level and provided you have a solid understanding of the GCSE concepts before you start, alongside some perseverance and effort, you should be able to do well.
Year 1: Core 1, Core 2 & either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1 or Decision 1
Year 2: Core 3, Core 4 & either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1 or Decision 1 or Mechanics 2 or Statistics 2 Assessment Each of the modules is assessed by an exam only.
Edexcel, for further details: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/maths
Many university courses such as physics, psychology, economics, computing, engineering and business studies prefer students to have A Level maths if possible. Having A level maths is a great signal to any employer that you can think logically, work hard and have a great level of numerical skill.
8 GCSE grades A*– C. Students are required to have at least an A grade at GCSE to study maths at A Level.