Maths

Advanced Level Mathematics or Advanced Level Further Maths at King Solomon Academy

Why study Mathematics?

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; you might want to boost your chances of getting the job you want in the future; or you might simply choose it because it’s a subject you enjoy and will be successful at. Whatever the reason, maths is an amazing subject. By studying it beyond GCSE, you will see more of the beauty of it and realise just how much everything around in the universe is connected to mathematics, while developing critical thinking skills such as logic, problem-solving and analytical.

What will we study at A-Level?

At A-level, you will study a combination of pure mathematics and applied mathematics (mechanics and statistics).

You will be assessed on all content at the end of year 13.

The Pure content covers a range of advanced algebra including calculus, trigonometric and exponential functions, co-ordinate geometry and numerical methods. Mechanics uses these techniques in the modelling and analysis of physical situations. In Statistics, you will learn to analyse large data sets critically and further explore probability and you will be introduced to the Normal Distribution.

In addition, you can opt to study further mathematics as an additional A Level. This extends the content of the mathematics A level to concepts such as concept numbers, hyperbolic functions and proof by induction. It is considered a desirable qualification for any numerate degree at top universities.

Which subjects complement a study of Mathematics?

Mathematics is a great partner for any of the sciences (particularly chemistry and physics) and also economics.

What could I do next with an A level qualification in Mathematics?

A Level Mathematics is a pre-requisite for many degree courses such as Maths, Statistics, Economics, Medicine, Vetinerary Medicine, Psychology, Architecture, any form of Engineering, any of the sciences and Accountancy. Maths is highly valued by – though not always essential for – many other subjects including Sociology, Computing and Education. When it comes to careers, candidates with an A-level in maths are highly sought after, even if the career doesn’t appear to directly relate to maths. Undergraduates looking for work as project managers, recruiters, account managers, civil servants, designers, event organisers, management consultants, lawyers, nurses, teachers and many others, are more employable with an A-level in maths than without.

Which skills will I be developing through studying Mathematics?

In addition to the new mathematical knowledge and skills that you will learn, studying A level mathematics will help you to think logically, to formulate and solve problems, and to make deductions from assumptions.

Are there any extra-curricular opportunities to support my study of Maths?

KSA has links with Imperial College London, LSE and Kings College London that will continue to develop for sixth formers when opportunities to attend maths ‘away days’ and taster courses will be on offer. We offer various trips to mathematical events in London, as well as opportunities to take part in mathematics competitions and events with other schools in the city.

What are the KSA requirements for entry onto the course?

You must have achieved at least a grade 7 in Mathematics at GCSE to study A Level Mathematics

To study Further Maths, you will need a grade 8 at GCSE.