• Each year, approximately 350 students study maths in the Sixth Form. There are currently seven Year 12 and seven Year 13 groups studying Single Maths (A Level Maths) and two Year 12 and two Year 13 groups studying Double Maths (Maths and Further Maths). Students opting for the latter have double the teaching time of the single option.

    Single Maths (from September 2017) A Level Mathematics Edexcel 9MA0
    (AS Level Mathematics Edexcel 8MA0 is embedded but is not an option from the outset)

    The A Level Mathematics syllabus is designed to enable students to develop mathematical understanding; to reason logically; to generalise and construct proofs; to recognise how different areas of mathematics are connected; to apply mathematics and recognise its significance to other disciplines, and to model ‘real world’ problems. A variety of Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics topics are studied. The table shows what is required for Edexcel AS/A Level Mathematics.

    Code Award Content studied
    8MA0 AS Level Maths 5/8 Pure (one 2 hour exam) + 3/8 Statistics/Mechanics (one 1 1/4 hour exam)
    9MA0 A Level Maths 2/3 Pure (two 2 hour exams) + 1/3 Statistics/Mechanics (one 2 hour exam)
  • Problem solving; analysis; proof; logical thinking; modelling. Application of Number and Problem Solving are endemic in all areas of maths. Communication skills and ICT are embedded within Statistics.

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  • Each group has two teachers. One teaches Pure/Statistics and the other teaches Pure/Mechanics.

  • Minimum grade 7.
    Very good algebraic skills are imperative.
    (Based on past data grade 8 would indicate an ability to achieve the highest grades at A Level)

  • A Level Maths exams are taken in May/June of Year 13. Students not completing the full A Level may take AS Level Maths exams in May/June of Year 12.

  • Many students from Latymer with A Level Mathematics proceed to Degree courses. Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Engineering, Natural Science, Computing, Management and Finance, are some which immediately come to mind as areas which would benefit from or even expect a high level of mathematical competence. Other subjects where a mathematics qualification is increasingly important include Economics, Social Science, and Psychology. In the workplace mathematicians are sought after for their numeracy, their logic, their problem solving, analytical and administrative skills.

    Students hoping to proceed to a top University such as Cambridge or Warwick to study Mathematics or Engineering must take A Level Further Mathematics.