This course is ideal if you enjoy Maths and wish to develop your skills. It will take your mathematical knowledge to the next stage, with the study of Pure and Applied Mathematics.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Mathematics
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Maths and Science Centre
  • Course Length 2 years

Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate.

You will study an AS Level in the first year of this course.

Students taking Mathematics at A Level study both Pure (Core) Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Two thirds of the course is Pure content, the remaining third is split equally between Mechanics and Statistics.

This course is ideal if you enjoy Maths and want to develop the skills gained at GCSE, particularly the more abstract elements of algebra. Definitely choose it if you want to go to university to study a mathematical course.

You will be taught by a mixture of group lectures, individual support and self-learning study materials. There will also be use of graphical calculators and computer software. A regular weeklyA level Mathematics workshop ensures that you get all the Mathematics help you need outside group lectures. External assessment will be by 3 examinations (each 2 hours) for the course at the end of year 2.

What topics will I study? 

Pure Mathematics is the study of mathematical language and techniques such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus (differentiation and integration).

Applied Mathematics includes the study of statistics and mechanics.

Statistics is the application of mathematics to data analysis and uncertainty. This includes data analysis, probability theory and hypothesis testing.

Mechanics is the application of mathematics to solving physical problems involving kinematics [the study of motion] and forces. This looks at the equations of motion [involving displacement, velocity, acceleration and time], forces and Newton’s laws of motion.

You will:

  • Focus on fundamental techniques such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus
    (differentiation and integration)
  • Develop excellent analytical skills through your study of statistics, including use of large data sets
  • Learn how to use mechanics, including Newton’s laws of motion, to solve physical problems involving motion and forces
  • Access individual support at weekly drop in sessions

Mathematics is a valuable qualification for Scientific, Computing and Engineering degrees and has links with many other subjects including Business Studies, Geography, Economics, Biology, Environmental Science and Psychology.

Next steps: Mathematics is an essential qualification for Maths, Computer Science, Physics and Engineering degrees and strongly supports many other courses including Biology, Chemistry and Economics as well as working alongside subjects such as Business Studies, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science and Psychology.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: GCSE grade 4 in English Language and grade 6 in Maths and grade 6 in Physics/66 in Science. Plus, you will need five more GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: If you have a grade 6 in GCSE Maths, a compulsory supplementary Maths course is provided which requires attendance at an extra Maths Support lesson each week.


You will have access to new fully equipped classrooms and PCs as well as access to a learning centre. There is a cafe based in the new Maths and Science Centre on Queen Street. There is also a Maths workshop in the new centre.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources. In addition to stationery, you will need to purchase a textbook for the course. You will need a scientific/graphical calculator with statistical functions and probability functions.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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