A Level Mathematics
Maths lends form, shape and understanding to the world around us. There could be no scientific study without maths, no building or architecture, no computing, no sporting events, geographical study or historical analysis. Everything comes down to Maths.
Ms Sothinathan (Head of Maths)
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Entry Requirements: 8 or more GCSEs at grades A*–C including a minimum grade B in Mathematics.
Maths and Further Maths are offered. AS and A2 students are assessed regularly and early intervention is in place for all students if required.
Mathematics is a popular choice with students and builds on topics encountered at GCSE. However, it is important to emphasise that it must be enjoyed to consider it as an A Level subject; students should get a kick out of solving problems correctly and enjoy a challenge. This specification gives a broad overview of what Mathematics is about and also requires the study of various topics in depth. In the first year, students study two Pure Maths modules (C1 and C2) and an option module. This comprises Statistics (S1), or Decision Maths (D1), or Mechanics (M1). In the second year, students study a further two Pure Maths modules (C3 and C4) and a different option from the ones mentioned above. At Hammersmith Academy, Mathematics is a valued activity beyond the requirements of the syllabus. Every year students are entered for the UKMT Maths Challenge, with more gifted students encouraged to study Further Mathematics.
Particularly strong candidates can consider Further Mathematics as an addition to A Level Mathematics. Further Mathematics is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens students’ knowledge and understanding beyond A Level Mathematics. This A Level is ideal for those with a love for Mathematics. It is extremely rewarding for those who enjoy abstract Mathematics and problem solving. It additionally gives students the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and exciting areas of Mathematics.
GCSE Mathematics: Overview
This one year course provides the opportunity for students who have already received a grade D to retake their GCSE Mathematics, or for those with a C, who wish to improve. A grade C in GCSE Mathematics opens up many opportunities e.g. university courses, apprenticeships and employment.
Maths-based jobs tend to be substantially better paid than many non-maths based jobs and our proximity to the global finance powerhouse that is the City of London makes a career in this sector much more accessible. However, like many subjects, an ability to handle mathematical concepts doesn’t just mean you have to have to ‘do’ maths as a job. Pilots, conference managers, taxi drivers, radiographers, meteorologists, nuclear engineers and marketing managers use maths, economics and/or business on a daily basis.
- Data handling (for example, payroll clerk, air traffic controller, croupier)
- Understanding measures (for example, quantity surveyor, trading standards officer, stock controller)
- Teaching (for example, teacher, lecturer, debt counsellor)
- Probability (for example, actuary, hedge fund manager, risk manager)
- Finance (for example, accountant, bank cashier, HMRC tax inspector, investment analyst)
- Logical solutions (for example, software engineer, civil engineer, electrician)
- Data interpretation (for example, stock broker, retail buyer, economist, statistician).
Entry & Training
From Business & Management (Retail) to Accounting with Computer Science, Business Analytics & Consultancy, Bioscience with Entrepreneurship, Data Science, Mathematics with Sports Science or International Relations & Economics – there is every type of degree imaginable for someone who has an interest in a numerate future.
Application for degrees varies according to the institution. For drama schools there is an audition process that will include monologues and a song. For university you will need to participate in a group workshop/audition and undertake an interview. You may also need a portfolio for some of the design based courses.eg costume or lighting design. For all courses you will be expected to demonstrate a passion for the arts such as seeing shows or reading plays.
Top universities or drama schools include:
- St Andrew’s
- King’s College London
There are an increasing number of alternative routes into a maths-based career, particularly into accountancy, investment and a range of financial institutions in the City. Global consultancies like PwC, EY and a range of household names such as Legal & General and Barclays have realised that taking on apprentices and training them up for a career in the company allows them to build the kind of expertise they need. Qualifications will often match those gained at university (for example, ACA or FCA accountancy qualifications) and there can be opportunities to be sponsored through a university degree as part of your training. For business opportunities and the chance to prove yourself as an entrepreneur, going straight into the workplace at entry level in order to learn on the job is always an option, although work experience will often be beneficial.