Board: AQA Spec B
In the Sixth Form students will see how Mathematics further relates to the real world. Mathematics should be studied by someone who has a general interest in the subject and who is willing to use Mathematics as a tool to solving problems. Almost all the course uses algebra as the basic tool so think carefully about choosing Mathematics if your algebraic manipulation skills are not your strong point.
A-Level Mathematics is a basic entry requirement for any University course in the fields of Science, Engineering and Economics. Even if you are not planning to follow such a course, an A-Level in Mathematics is very well regarded by Universities and employees as the skills that are developed through studying the subject are highly valued and sought after.
Mathematical training disciplines the mind, develops logical and critical reasoning and develops analytical and problem solving skills to a high degree. The skills acquired by studying Mathematics will also be of benefit to other A-Level subjects; the rigour and clarity of thought which is developed are skills much in demand amongst employers.
Over the summer between GCSE and Sixth Form students enrolling in AS Mathematics are expected to complete the 'Head Start to AS Mathematics' book which prepares the students by reinforcing those topics learnt at GCSE that form the vital basic knowledge to successfully start AS Mathematics.