Reasons to study this course

  • It is a highly regarded subject, which complements all other courses.
  • You enjoyed Mathematics at GCSE and like a challenge.
  • You want to progress to a degree or career where Mathematics is a key component.

What you will need to study this course

  • Grade 7 or above in GCSE maths and a GCSE average of 5.5 or above
  • confidence using GCSE algebra and you will be expected to demonstrate your skills during our induction programme
  • commitment and willingness to spend approximately four hours per week of your own time, practising examples and solving problems

What you will study

Algebra, coordinate geometry, polynomials, trigonometry, logarithms and calculus. Alongside these topics, you will study the application of Mathematics; you will look at data processing and interpretation, probability, hypothesis testing, kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion and problems involving variable acceleration.

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – two exams

Year (A-Level) – three exams

Priestley Extra

You will have the opportunity to apply to join a college team, which will work with a local company to solve real engineering problems through the Engineering Education Scheme. You will also be able to attend Maths Inspiration Lectures and take part in National Maths competitions.


Many students go on to pursue careers in areas such as Medicine, Research and Development, Engineering, Statistics, Operational Research, Computing, Accountancy, Actuarial work, Business Management, Insurance, Financial Services and Teaching. If you are hoping to pursue a course in Science, Mathematics or Engineering at university, we would also recommend that you take Further Mathematics to at least AS Level.

Recommended reading

Why do buses come in threes? – Rob Eastaway

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland – Alex Bellos

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets – Simon Singh

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