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Maths (Double) A Level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Mathematics + GCE A Level in Further Mathematics
Exam Board & Specification Code: Pearson; 9MA0 Specification + 9FM0 Specification
Course Entry Requirements: 7 in Maths GCSE and 4 in English Language GCSE or 4 in English Literature GCSE.
If you wish to take Maths and Further Maths alongside two other A levels (ie four A levels in total), you will need to have gained a minimum of four Grade 7s and three Grade 6s across all your GCSEs. 
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Study Programmes at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year double course, equivalent to 2 A levels
Timetable hours: 9 hours per week
Assessment method: 3 x 2 hour exams Year 1, 4 x 1.5 hour exams Year 2
BHASVIC Department: Maths

Head of Department Dave McDonnell

What will I study?

In the first year you will complete and sit your regular Maths A Level. In your second year, you will complete your Further Maths A Level, comprised of 50% Pure Maths and a further 50% determined by options chosen at the end of the first year. You will need to be resilient, and enjoy getting stuck and overcoming problems. Students develop strong peer groups that are vital in being able to help each other with problems each week. Amongst the support available there are Learning packs,  Teacher-led Subject Extensions and Drop ins with the Doubles (A2 students).

Is this course right for me?

This is a course for students who love Maths and want to dedicate a great deal of their time at BHASVIC to Maths classes. You will spend at least 9 hours per week on independent study, culminating in the submission of an assignment each week. You will sit a weekly assignment test and a tracking test every half term. This is a very intense, rewarding course - especially at the beginning where students are not used to such a fast pace, and such a high workload outside of class. You will need to have strong GCSE algebra skills when you arrive here, as the jump from GCSE to A Level can feel quite vast at first. All students find this course challenging at some point, but the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful student is how they respond to that challenge. That said, if you love maths, this course will transform you completely by the end of the two years into a very competent mathematician.

Frequently asked questions

If you want to study Maths/Physics/Computing/Economics/Engineering at one of the best universities then you will need Double Maths.

Most of our double students are studying Double Maths and two other subjects. This is still difficult and you will need to be very motivated and organised.

The Further Maths GCSE will complement either the single or Double Maths A level.

Yes, in the first two weeks. Afterwards, only if you are on Double Maths and two other subjects.

Yes, but there is normally a cost involved.

Where next?

Studying Mathematics helps students develop logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills that are valued by both universities and employers across many job sectors. Maths is a STEM subject (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) where there is a current skills shortage for employers. Skills from these disciplines are in demand in the job market and have good long term career prospects. There are jobs available relating to diverse interests and they span a wide variety of sectors including entertainment, health, transport, sport, finance, space, energy, agriculture and construction. Jobs directly related to the subject could include Actuarial analyst, Chartered accountant, Data scientist, Investment Analyst, Teacher and Statistician. Careers where Maths can be useful include Financial Manager, Insurance Underwriter, Meteorologist and Quantity Surveyor. Studying Maths and Further Maths A level will be excellent preparation to study Maths or a related discipline at university. Apprenticeships requiring highly numerate individuals will also hold this A level subject in high regard. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Future Morph, Where Can STEM take you?, Maths Careers, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide. Please Note: If you want to apply for the top universities in Physics, Maths, Engineering, then double maths is essential. STEP & STRETCH classes are also available to help you prepare for top university entry exams if needed.

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Higher Education - Maths

Last year, 68 BHASVIC students went onto study Maths related degrees at 32 different universities.

Of those students 14 went onto study a combined Maths degree with another subject. Maths is regularly in our top five subjects that students go onto study at University.

Popular universities include Liverpool, Bristol, Exeter, Bath, Leeds and Edinburgh. Students also went onto Cambridge, Imperial and Oxford university last year. Please also see our Engineering & Medicine HE information posters.

Should I study Maths at degree level?

If you enjoy the challenge of solving mathematical problems and want to improve your analytical skills, studying maths at university could be an option. When studying Maths you have about 10 hours of lectures a week. You also have tutorials in groups of 2 or 3 with a knowledgeable academic. You will cover pure Maths and then choose your areas of study in more depth.

Types of Maths degree

Degree courses cover applied areas such as mechanics, statistics and computational mathematics, as well as the study of maths for its own value.

Entry Requirements

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required are Maths and sometimes Further (Double) Maths. It is worth checking individual entry requirements for specific courses. For highly competitive universities, depending on the course choice, double maths is often needed. Please do check.

Top Universities for Maths

Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, Imperial, Warwick
Nottingham, Loughborough, Lancaster, Dundee – all very high student satisfaction scores
UCL, Leeds, Sussex, Sheffield - all with top graduate prospects

Many of our students choose a combined degree - applications from our students have included:

  • Mathematics and Accounting and Finance
  • Economics & Mathematics with a Year in Business
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Computer Science and Mathematics with Industrial Experience (4 years)

Example entry requirements (please check):

A-Level/BTEC equivalents:

Leeds/AAA
Bristol UWB/BBB
Keele Maths with Science Foundation year)/CC

Why not try a foundation degree or higher apprenticeship?
For example: Banking apprenticeship higherapprenticeshipguide.com

Some examples of Maths-related degrees that our BHASVIC students have gone onto study in the past few years are:

  • Accounting and Finance with Industrial Experience
  • Accounting and Finance with Study Abroad
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Actuarial Science and Mathematics
  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics and Mathematics (with placement).
  • Economics with Accounting
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Finance and Investment
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mathematics (4 years)
  • Mathematics (with Study Year Abroad)
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mathematics with a Year Abroad
  • Mathematics with a Year in Industry
  • Mathematics with Computer Science
  • Mathematics with Economics
  • Mathematics with Finance and Investment Banking with a Placement Year
  • Mathematics with Finance with a Year Abroad
  • Mathematics with Management and a Year in Industry
  • Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Data Science
  • Mathematics, Statistics, and Business
  • Mathematics and Music Technology
  • Mathematics with Statistics
  • Primary Mathematics Education with QTS

Studying Maths helps develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, valued by employers across many job sectors including:

  • Civil Service
  • Actuary
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Financial trader
  • Game designer
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Meteorologist
  • Teacher
  • Data Scientist
  • Operational researcher
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Software tester

Career Prospects

The UK still doesn’t have as many Maths teachers as we’d like, so anyone wanting to take Maths and then go into teaching will be welcome. In fact, there’s felt to be a general lack of Maths skills in the population at large, so this is one subject where there's demand for graduate skills.

With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of Maths students go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries. Banking and business may also be attractive options for maths students. The transferable skills from studying Maths are much in demand.

Local Market Information

Employers that recruited mathematicians last year included all parts of the finance industry (especially banking, insurance, accountancy and consultancy), the IT industry and the Civil Service.

Examples of apprenticeships and opportunities include:

  • British Army Trainee Intelligence Analyst
  • Business Analyst University of Sussex
  • Financial Adviser

We have an excellent careers page and careers advisors who are available for appointments.

Higher Education - Engineering

Last year, 78 BHASVIC students went onto study Engineering related degrees at 32 different universities.

Engineering degrees come in a wide variety of choice and cross all science subjects. Interesting choices for students last year were Flood and Coastal Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering. In addition, we had students go onto study Architecture and related construction degrees.

Popular universities included Bristol, Loughborough, Swansea and Bath. In addition, students went onto study Engineering at Imperial in London and Cambridge.

Should I study Engineering at degree level?

There are a wide range of engineering options that students can choose between. Options include foundation and placement years, and industrial experience. You will have about 20 hours of teaching each week, mainly lectures, but also tutorials and laboratory experiments. Contact time is higher studying science degrees due to lab work. Modules might include Thermofluids, Engineering concepts, Materials and manufacture, Dynamics and control, Systems modelling.

Types of Engineering degree

There are a huge range of interesting engineering options including:

  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Software
  • Civil
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Architectural
  • Robotics
  • Biochemical

and many more.

Entry Requirements

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required a mix of Sciences, Computing and Maths. It is wort exploring degree entry requirements of thinking of taking a particular route.

Top Universities for Engineering

Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, Durham
Cardiff, Bristol UWE, Liverpool John Moores – all very high student satisfaction scores
London South Bank, Bournemouth, Exeter- all with top graduate prospects

Many of our students choose a combined degree - applications from our students have included:

  • Architectural Engineering (Year in Industry)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with a Year in Industry
  • Product Design Engineering with Foundation Year

Example entry requirements (please check):

A-Level/BTEC equivalents:

Exeter/AAB
UEA/BBB
York/BBC

Why not try a foundation degree or higher apprenticeship?
For example: Engineering Degree Apprentice Siemens

Some examples of Engineering-related degrees that our BHASVIC students have gone onto study in the past few years are:

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics / Spacecraft Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture and Environmental Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering (Year in Industry)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering (Year in Industry)
  • Design Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Innovation
  • Electronic and Information Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Robotics
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • Flood and Coastal Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry
  • Mechanical Engineering with Robotics
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechatronics
  • Mechanical Engineering / Naval Engineering with Industrial Placement Year
  • Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with a Year in Industry
  • Robotics Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Engineering

Engineers use their analytical skills and aptitude working with ground-breaking technologies to enhance people's lives.

  • Building services engineer
  • Energy Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Project manager
  • Product/process development scientist

Career Prospects

Engineers are in demand across multiple industries, particularly in the oil industry, and in the car industry, in design and manufacturing. Jobs are all around the country, with Scotland and the Southeast the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work.

An engineering degree will help you gain specific technical training, knowledge of issues and the ability to plan, prioritise and solve problems under pressure and to deadlines. These skills are in demand from employers in the oil and gas industry, aerospace, car industry, electricity generators and suppliers, technical consultancy, defence and the Armed Forces.

Local Market Information

Network Rail
Network Rail are taking applications for their apprenticeship scheme production. 50% are based in London and the Southeast, many of which work on a freelance basis.

Examples of apprenticeships and opportunities include:

  • Field Engineer UK Govt
  • Unified Communications Technician Apprentice
  • UK Government Degree Apprenticeship in Electronic Engineering

We have an excellent careers page and careers advisors who are available for appointments.

You will gain many transferable skills studying Maths & Engineering that will be valued in the workplace including:

Teamwork, IT & Technology, Problem solving, Social Skills, Organisation, Numeracy, Communication, Attention to detail, Creative thinking, Analytics, Project Management

Local Skills

The Local Skills agenda considers job prospects and employment in our local area of Sussex. Many of our students will contribute to the National Skills agenda and go onto find a career in a wide range of sectors. For students in Sussex our local skills are identified as the following sectors:

Engineering and Manufacturing        
Construction 
Digital (includes IT and Technology)
Visitor and Cultural Industries (includes Hospitality, Cultural & Arts)          
Land-based (includes Agriculture and Viticulture)   
Health and Care (includes Bio Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical) 

Degree choices that match the Local Skills agenda our BHASVIC students went onto study for Engineering, Manufacturing, Digital Skills and Construction include:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics / Spacecraft Engineering
  • Aerospace Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year
  • Aerospace Engineering with Industrial Experience
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Chemical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Design Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Robotics
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering / Naval Engineering with Industrial Placement Year
  • Mechatronic Engineering with Industrial Experience (4 years)
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (with placement)
  • Ship Science
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Architecture and Environmental Engineering
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Building Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management
  • Surveying and Mapping Sciences
  • Accounting and Finance with Industrial Experience
  • Accounting and Finance with Study Abroad
  • Actuarial Science and Mathematics
  • Finance and Investment
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mathematics with Finance and Investment Banking with a Placement Year
  • Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Data Science
  • Mathematics and Music Technology