Mathematics is one of the most respected A levels and can lead to many different careers as well as supporting your other A levels.
It will build on much of what you have studied at GCSE, especially the algebra, and will also introduce many other useful topics.
If you are very talented at Maths (at least an A grade at GCSE) and are considering Maths, Economics, Computing or Physics at university you could consider also studying Further Maths. This would mean that half your time at College would be spent doing Maths, so you should only choose this if you absolutely love it.
There is a new syllabus for Maths from 2017.
We do not know the details of the new syllabus yet, but we do know that all A level maths students will do the same; there will be no choice of units. Two thirds of the course is core maths, one sixth is Statistics and one sixth is Mechanics.
Core Maths: Including quadratics, straight lines, calculus, trigonometry, logarithms and series
Statistics: Averages, correlation and probability distributions. You will be using computers to work with a very large data set.
Mechanics: How movement is affected by forces
Assessment is 100% examination based.
For many of us Mathematics extends into our chosen profession: civil servants need to analyse data; economists need to recognise financial trends; engineers need to take account of stress patterns in physical materials.
This subject is useful if you want to go on to study maths, engineering, computing, economics or a science at degree level. It can also be beneficial for research based subjects, such as psychology or subjects such as business. There are many careers that you can go into after studying maths.
In addition to Programme Entry Requirements applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:
Grade 6 in Maths; GCSE score of 5.5 orabove
Grade 7 in Maths