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Maths is the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and arrangement. Maths is all around us, in everything we do. 

Why study Maths? 

Maths enables you to develop problem solving skills, learn transferable skills, build analytical thinking, use logical reasoning, and mental rigour. Maths plays a crucial role in understanding the foundations of other subjects 

What will I study?

Pure Maths: 

You will develop your algebra skills and learn how to solve problems in a wide range of contexts using geometry, calculus, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms. You will learn how to use mathematics to model real-world situations and construct rigorous mathematical arguments. 

Mechanics and statistics: 

You will learn about the concepts of forces and motion and how to solve problems in one and two dimensions. You will also learn how to use probability models to carry out statistical analyses. 

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?


You will sit three 2-hour papers at the end of the second year which are equally weighted. 

Paper 1 is pure maths, paper 2 is pure and mechanics, paper 3 is pure and statistics.

Where could it take me?

Mathematical skills are useful for a variety of careers and degrees. Some of these include science, finance, social science, architecture, and many more! Examples of careers that students have embarked on with A-level Maths include: pilot, accountant, chemical engineer, actuary, teacher, medical professional, computer programmer, architect, and many more! 

Subject combinations

Maths can be studied alongside any other A-level. Maths can support science subjects extremely well. 

What support is available?

From the first lesson you will receive support in bridging the gap between GCSE and A-level and our teachers are available for one-to-one support. 

We have a bespoke study room full of resources where you can work independently, and we staff lunchtime drop-in sessions. There is an also an extensive catalogue of online resources on Kerboodle and Microsoft Teams. 

We also have a mentoring programme where Year 13 students deliver tutorials for Year 12 students. 

What extracurricular activity is available?

Winstanley Maths Premiership, UKMT Teams/individual challenges, LJM Pop Quiz, making maths at Manchester, sessions that support applications that require MAT, TMUA or STEP, and many more! 

Did you know?

Nearly two thirds of students at Winstanley College achieve a high grade (A*-B) in A-level Maths. 

Research by University of Nottingham has shown that students who have studied A-level Maths on average earn 11% more by the age of 34.