Mathematics models reality, describes discoveries and opens doors to the unknown.
Maths is an art which studies patterns and predicts reality. It involves both logical reasoning (drawing conclusions from assured premises, systemised knowledge) and strategic reasoning (based on accepted rules, laws, or probabilities).
Maths is highly regarded by both universities and employers. Studying Maths opens up a whole world of career possibilities. Engineering, Business and finance, computing, architecture and design, all these industries have Maths at their core.
“There is no denying that the technology we all rely on is packed full of a rich and complex cocktail of mathematics. The best mobile phones are made by the company with the best mathematicians. The fact that Google invariably finds what you are looking for is due to clever algorithms that exploit the abstract mathematics of matrices. The most efficient and elegant buildings, cars or aeroplanes depend on a keen understanding of geometry. (…) Whether climate change is happening or not is down to understanding the numbers and what they are going to do next. Evaluation of travel restrictions or vaccination programs in the light of a new pandemic like the H1N1 virus will depend on mathematically modelling the future spread of the disease.”
Prof. Marcus du Sautoy
Here at Abbey College Cambridge you will have:
Mathematics models reality; describes discoveries and opens doors to the unknown.
Our A Level course follows the most recent Edexcel Mathematics Specifications. Students will study three core subject areas:
This course follows the Edexcel Specification.
Mathematics and Further Mathematics are assessed via written papers taken at the end of the two year course.
Every year our Mathematics students participate in a wide range of extra-curricular challenges that include:
Preparation for the Advanced Extension Award and STEP Papers
We encourage our most able Mathematics students to sit the Mathematics Advanced Extension Award (AEA) and Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP). We offer an extensive preparation programmes for students taking these examinations.
Apart from a degree in Mathematics which requires Further Maths, if you are thinking of studying physics related or engineering courses or medical courses at university, then you will be expected to do A Level Mathematics and sometimes Further Maths. For other disciplines such as Economics, Mathematics is a requirement for many and especially the top universities. So you may want to combine Maths with sciences, Economics or Business Studies. However, a number of Abbey College Cambridge students study Maths alongside Art subjects.
Recent university destinations of our Maths students are:
UCL to study Economics
Kings College London to study Maths with Management and finance
UCL to study Computer Science
University of Leeds to study Computer Science
London School of Economics to study Economics
University of Cambridge to study Natural Science
University of Oxford to study Engineering
Warwick University to study Maths and Statistics
Southampton University to study Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence
Imperial College London to study Electrical & Electronic Engineering with Management