Mathematics


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GCE A Level

We have been advised (17/10/16) by AQA (exam board) that they are no longer offering Statistics A level so unfortunately we will not be able to offer this qualification. 

Costs:

Graphical calculator – approx. £40 which can be purchased via SSFC ParentPay at the start of the term. 

Specific requirements

Mathematics: A (7) grade or above in Mathematics (Higher Tier).

Further Mathematics: A* or A (7) grade in Mathematics and similar grade profile in all GCSEs.

C (4) grade in English Language

What will I study?

Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics, as a major intellectual tradition, is a subject appreciated as much for its beauty as for its power. It is the science of pattern and structure, and like language, religion and music, it is a universal part of human culture.

Mathematics has a pervasive influence on our everyday lives, from analysing statistics in medical research, to designing safe structures and vehicles, to encrypting personal data to be transmitted securely across the internet.

Mathematics is stimulating, enjoyable and challenging in its own right, but also provides excellent support for science and social science subjects and breadth for students on a mainly Arts based programme.

There are two ways to study Mathematics at A level:

  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics

Please download the course brochure for more details. At pre-enrolment and enrolment, extensive advice and guidance is given to all students to ensure that they are on the right mathematics course to suit their ability and aspirations as well as to ensure their success.

Students also have the option to study Core Maths as part of the Enrich & Extend programme.

GCSE Mathematics is also offered as a resit. Any student that has not previously achieved a C grade is required to take the course.

Where does it lead?

All the A levels offered by the Maths department will develop key employability skills such as problem solving, logical reasoning, communication and resilience, and as such, having a mathematics qualification is highly regarded, even in careers which do not use mathematics directly.

Mathematical techniques are used and applied in a wide range of university courses as well as careers. Subjects include Physics, Engineering, Computing, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Architecture, Medicine, Business, Economics and Finance to name but a few…

Statisticians are in demand in all sectors of society ranging from government to business and industry as well as medical research and healthcare.

Students who study the double option of Maths and Further Maths mainly progress to Higher Education following degree courses in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics and Computing.