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Overview

Universities value Maths and it is a pre-requisite subject for many degrees. Mathematical and statistical problem solving, data analysis and interpretation skills are used in a broad range of subject areas.

Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • 5 September 2022
  • 3 January 2023

Colleges:

  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • London
  • Oxford

Entry level:

  • Academic: Completed 10 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent)
  • English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 16

Length:

  • 2 Academic Years (3 terms)
  • We also offer a One-Year A-level in Maths and an entry from Year 12.

Lessons:

  • Average 7 hours per week for each A-level subject (plus homework and private study)

Class size:

  • 4-10

Learning outcomes

  • Gain UK national university entrance qualification
  • Raise English to university level
  • Develop study skills required at degree level
  • Develop specialist subject expertise

Course content and structure

The following syllabus outline is based on Edexcel exam board content. Please note that exam boards may vary from college to college.

Year 1

Pure Maths content

  • Algebra and functions (part 1)
  • Further algebra
  • The binomial expansion
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Vectors (2D)
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra and functions (part 2)
  • Exponentials and logarithms

Applied Maths content: Section A — Statistics

  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Probability: mutually exclusive events;
  • Independent events
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing

Applied Maths content: Section B —Mechanics

  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics 1 (constant acceleration)
  • Forces & Newton’s laws
  • Kinematics 2 (variable acceleration)

Year 2

Pure Maths content

  • Proof
  • Algebraic and partial fractions
  • Functions and modelling
  • Series and sequences
  • The binomial theorem
  • Trigonometry
  • Parametric equations
  • Differentiation
  • Numerical methods
  • Integration (part 1)
  • Integration (part 2)
  • Vectors (3D)

Applied Maths content: Section A —Statistics

  • Regression and correlation
  • Probability
  • The Normal distribution

Applied Maths content: Section B —Mechanics

  • Moments: Forces’ turning effect
  • Forces at any angle
  • Applications of kinematics: Projectiles
  • Applications of forces
  • Further kinematics

Typical A-level subject combinations with Maths

Sample enrichment activities

  • Bletchley Park visit 
  • The Big Bang fair, NEC Birmingham
  • UK Maths Challenge
  • Oxford University Science laboratory visit
  • Maths Club
  • Science Club
  • Science in the News Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Business Enterprise

Sample academic calendar (2021-2022)

Year 1

Sept

6th: term starts
Student induction

Oct

18 – 22nd: half term
Progress tests

Nov

University fairs and talks

Dec

10th: term ends
End of term exams

Jan

3rd: term starts

Feb

10th – 11th: half term
Progress tests
University fairs

Mar

End of term exams
18th: term ends

Apr

4th: term starts

May

Progress tests

June

Exams
10th: term ends

Year 2

Sept

5th: term starts

Oct

17th – 21st: half term
15th October: UCAS deadline (Medicine)
Progress tests

Nov

University fairs and talks

Dec

9th: term ends
End of term exams

    Jan

    2nd: term starts
    15th January: UCAS deadline (other subjects)

    Feb

    9th – 10th: half term
    Progress tests

    Mar

    17th: term ends
    Mock exams

    Apr

    3rd: term starts
    Progress tests

    May

    Final exams

    June

    9th June: term ends

    Recommended reading

    Below is a list of books which may help you prepare for your studies prior to arrival. Please note that additional books, and online resources such as websites and journals will be shared once you begin your course.

    • Proofiness: How You’re Being Fooled by the Numbers by Chares Seife
    • The Mathematical Experience by Philip J. Davis
    • The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinov
    • Oxford Student’s Mathematics by Oxford Dictionaries
    • Oxford Content and Language Support: Mathematics by Caroline Meyrick and Judy Roberts

    Degree progression

    Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science, technology and many others.

    There are a number of courses where A-level Maths is favoured — including Chemistry, Medicine, Architecture and Economics.

    University courses in the following fields all stipulate A-level mathematics as necessary:

    • Accounting 
    • Business Studies
    • Computing
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics

    Sample alumni progression

    Aysha Ahmad Sharudin

    • Maths/Biology/Chemistry/Persian
    • University of Exeter (Neuroscience)

    Chun Yu Chan

    • Maths/Biology/Chemistry/Physics
    • Queen’s University Belfast (Medicine)

    Hon Ming Lam

    • Maths/Biology/Chemistry
    • University of Bristol (Pathology)

    Maryam Aghaeinasababad

    • Maths/Biology/Chemistry/
    • Royal Veterinary College (Veterinary Medicine)

    Negin Nematiniaye Masooleh

    • Maths/Biology/Chemistry/Persian
    • University of Leeds (Medical Science)

    Pantea Hassannia

    • Maths/Biology/Chemistry/Physics 
    • University of Surrey (Medical Engineering)

    Timofei Fedotov

    • Maths/Further Maths/Biology/Physics
    • University of Oxford (Engineering)

    Ya Gan

    • Maths/Economics/Geography
    • LSE (Government with Economics)

    Shujie Feng

    • Maths/Further Maths/Physics
    • University of Edinburgh (Maths)

    Yeqian Gao

    • Maths/Physics/Art
    • Newcastle University (Architecture)

    Van Khoa Hoang

    • Maths/Further Maths/Physics
    • University of Manchester (Artificial Intelligence)

    Thi Thu Ha Phung

    • Maths/Physics/Economics
    • University of Bath (Business Administration)

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    The Kings Admissions Team