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Mathematics

A LEVEL

The future may be variable. But we know the formula for your study success.

Maths is the great A Level all-rounder. Join us on this journey through functions, quadratic equations, mechanics and statistics and you’ll be following in the footsteps of many famous problem solvers.

Scientists and engineers. Computer programmers. And those who have forged highly lucrative careers in finance and medicine.

All credit their success to speaking the language of numbers.

Throughout this course you’ll be developing a sound reasoning and rationale for many of the decisions you make throughout your life.

Proficiency in Maths is a skill. Which means anyone can learn it – with practice, and hard work.

Mathematicians have never been more in demand. Data scientists rule the business world. Statisticians and economists are lynchpins for commercial organisations beyond the recent pandemic, and computer programmers are building our technology-powered future across every industry.

Your Xaverian tutors will be here to support you in grasping Maths – not only by providing plenty of practical examples to help all the topics sink in; but also by providing lots of out of lesson advice and help – whether in regular lunchtime sessions or by email.

That’s what makes Xaverian special: giving you the extra time you need to help you prepare for your exams.

You’ll sit three papers – two on Pure Maths, and the third on Statistics and Mechanics. And we’ll also work on study skills throughout this course so you’re ready and motivated to get the grades you deserve.

Make no mistake – Maths A Level is a challenging course. You’ll learn some hugely valuable skills along the way. And if Maths is one of your stronger subjects at GCSE, then you’ll enjoy all the lessons and exercises getting you ready for higher education.

Chances are as you get started on this course, you’ll recognise a lot of topics from your Maths GCSE, such as quadratic equations and surds.

We’ll turn up the difficulty dial as you settle into Xaverian life, working with your study rhythm to help you succeed.

We’ll spend plenty of time working through past papers to get you ready for the main event. Getting to know your way around all the topics is key so part of the course is about mastering study and revision skills. Making notes throughout your course will be essential to help you avoid cramming before your exams.

As you progress through this course, you’ll find alongside all the Xaverian resources available, a near-unlimited number of guides on the web to help familiarise yourself with the more complex topics.

You’ll never be stuck for an answer. And on this course, you’ll learn Maths in lots of different ways, solving plenty of problems in every topic so that it all sinks in.

Here’s just one exercise you’ll be doing during your Maths studies…

LESSON TIME!

Join the Maths team at Xaverian to establish the volume of a 3D cuboid.

You’ll first make cuboids of different sizes and then use graphs to chart the volume.

Along the way you’ll discover smart ways to work with algebra, data and variables.

We’ll learn all about:

  • The importance of graphing calculators including Desmos, freely available online
  • Working with formulae for gradients of curved graphs, identifying where they become zero
  • Dive deep into the workings of functions
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What’s next?

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We’ve already mentioned a range of compatible careers in the Overview section. Other roles that are great matches for Maths fans are:

  • Actuary
  • Accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Financial manager
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Investment analyst
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Research scientist (maths)
  • Teacher
  • Software engineer
  • Statistician

Popular degree courses among Maths students include:

  • Accountancy
  • Actuarial Science
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Management Studies
  • Physics
  • Statistics

But due to the intense problem-solving nature of Maths, you’ll find a much broader range of undergraduate courses will suit your newfound skills.

Pure topics include: 

Complex numbers, Matrices, hyperbolic functions, advanced algebra, trigonometry and calculus

Mechanics includes: 

Collisions, circular motion, work, energy and power.

Statistics includes: 

Discrete random variables, poisson distribution, continuous random variables, exponential distribution.

Discrete includes:

Graphs, networks, linear programming, critical path analysis, game theory, group theory.

Entry requirements:

Six good passes at GCSE including two at grade 6 or above

Course specific entry requirements:

Grade 7 from Maths

Course duration:

1 year / 2 years

Assessment methods:

AS two 1h 40m exams / A-level four 1h 30m exam

Course type:

Linear A-level

Exam board:

Edexcel

Lessons involve phases of teacher led introduction to new ideas, practise and more reflective independent work. We have regular low stakes assessment to provide feedback to students; so they can see what they have learnt and whether they need further study or support in other areas. There is time in lessons to review these assessments or to engage in extension work.

Regular homework is set to help prepare for assessments and we use a range of technology to support independent study. There are also
3 graded assessments during the year, to help
students get a feel for what progress they have made in learning the content up to that point and to prepare them for the final exams.

I love studying Maths because of how logical it is, and there are a number of ways to approach a problem and get to one answer. I’m glad I chose to study Maths and Further Maths as both have helped me to apply for competitive Medicine courses at university.

Adina Munawar, Mathematics A Level

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