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Mathematics is an exciting, rewarding and challenging subject, which can lead to a world of opportunities with higher education and a range of fantastic careers.

It may also be chosen to support other A Levels such as Economics, Geography, Design and Technology, ICT and, of course, the Sciences.However, one should bear in mind that studying Mathematics is also a unique experience in itself. In addition, Mathematics can also act as a very useful complementary subject for Arts courses.

The Alice Smith School offer A Level courses in both Mathematics (Core and Applied) and Further Mathematics.The syllabus for A Level Mathematics is largely new in content but requires a sound basis of previous knowledge and understanding. It is essentially a course for those who are genuinely interested in Mathematics and its applications. Students will also be encouraged to appreciate the often-abstract nature of the subject.

Mathematics is an extremely popular subject at Alice Smith School and we consistently achieve extremely good progress with our students in our AS, A'Level maths and Further Maths courses. Our teachers are all passionate mathematicians who relish the opportunity to inspire the next generation of young mathematicians. Students are given the support and guidance to realise their own maths potential, and have fun along the way.

Course Requirements

Students opting for Mathematics A Level must have a strong background in IGCSE Mathematics. The course is challenging and it is highly recommended that students have a B grade or above at IGCSE level.


Approximately 20% of Alice Smith students each year go on to study Mathematics related degrees at leading universities, mainly in the UK. Included in the 2012 cohort of courses and destinations were Mechanical Engineering at Oxford, Architecture at University College London, Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Bristol.

A huge variety of careers and degree courses now have some further study in Mathematics as a base requirement. Any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects will require Mathematics and it is also very beneficial for the study of many of the social sciences.  In particular, Mathematicians work in science-based industries and scientific research, in financial management and actuarial work, in software programming, in operational research, and in many commercial, industrial, public sector and research roles where they are in demand for their problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical skills.

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