Mathematics / Statistics
Graphical calculator – approx. £40 which can be purchased via SSFC ParentPay at the start of the term.
A list of entry requirements can be found here.
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 three ways to study Mathematics at A level:
Mathematics A Level
A Level Mathematics is ideal for those who enjoy using algebra to solve problems. Two thirds of the course extends the work from GCSE on geometry, quadratic functions, trigonometry and sequences, as well as introducing new topics of calculus and logarithms. The remaining third of the course covers applications in mechanics and statistics.
Statistics A Level
Statistics will appeal to those who want to study a numerate subject but who don’t want to study lots of Pure Maths. It develops an understanding of statistical models and techniques which can be applied to realistic contexts and can be particularly useful for supporting study in Biology, Geography and Psychology.
Further Mathematics A Level
Students with a very keen interest in Mathematics will really enjoy this course, which extends and deepens knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A Level Mathematics syllabus. It introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers, which are vital in many maths related degrees and extends the applied topics, studying the algorithms which underpin must of modern technology as well as developing more advanced mechanics. Please note that students must also choose Mathematics to study alongside Further Mathematics. As such it is recommended that this is part of a four A Level programme.
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.