A Level Mathematics

A Level Mathematics at Truro School Sixth Form

Take advantage of purposely designed small class sizes for greater support from skilled Mathematics teachers who are on hand to get you the best grade possible.

Head of Department: Mr Stephen McCabe

Likes: Sport, boats, islands, food, wine, good company, family, oh and maths of course.

Dislikes: Paperwork, emails written after 10pm, Arsenal losing!

Background/Experience: I grew up on the Isles of Scilly and attended sixth form at Falmouth School before studying maths at Oxford University.  After teacher training in Maths and Games at Bristol University I taught for 12 years at Stowe, a large boarding school near Buckingham, with 5 years as Head of Maths.  We then moved with two young children to St Helena (appears as a small dot – 5 miles by 10, population 5000 – in the middle of South Atlantic on all good atlases) where I worked as the Maths Adviser to the Government monitoring, guiding and teaching students from 3 to 18. Upon returning to the UK as Head of Maths at Ryde School on the Isle of Wight, with three children 3 years later, I bided my time until appointed to Truro School in 2008.

A Level Mathematics is enjoyable to study in it’s own right if you like solving problems and appreciate the certainty and completeness of a full solution.

Why study A Level Mathematics?

Mathematics and Further Mathematics is a valuable subject to study whatever direction a student is hoping to take after Truro School. Further mathematics is highly desirable, if not required, by many top universities for Mathematics, Science and Engineering courses, as well as Computing and Economics.

What does an A Level in Mathematics involve?

When studying Pure Mathematics you are extending your knowledge of such topics as Algebra and Trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as Calculus. If you have enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE using these mathematical techniques, then you should find the prospect of this course very appealing.

Although many of the ideas met in Pure Mathematics are interesting in their own right, they also serve as a vital foundation for the other branches of Mathematics that we study: Mechanics is very helpful if you are studying Physics, although there is no need to be studying Physics to study this topic.


By studying Mechanics you learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet. Many of the ideas that are met in the course form an almost essential introduction to important modern fields of study, such as Cybernetics, Robotics, Biomechanics and Sports Science, as well as the more traditional areas of Engineering and Physics.

In Statistics, you discover how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. Many of the ideas that are met in this course have applications in a wide range of other fields, from assessing how much car insurance is going to cost, to how   likely the earth is going to be hit by a comet in the next few years.

The area of Decision Mathematics shows you how to solve problems using networks, including the use of critical path analysis. Ideas from this module have many important applications to such differing problems as the design of circuits on microchips to the scheduling of tasks required to build a new supermarket.

3 Reasons to Study A Level Mathematics at Truro School

  • Daily clinics are available outside normal teaching hours for further support and guidance to help you with your studies.
  • An excellent track record of exam success both for Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
  • Comprehensive help with applications to Mathematics or Science based courses at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities, including practice interviews.

What is an A level in Mathematics useful for?

A Level Mathematics is a requirement for degrees in most Science subjects, particularly Engineering, Physics and Chemistry. A pure Mathematics degree would most likely require an A Level in Further Mathematics as well.

Mathematics degrees do not have to lead to careers in Mathematics and Science as an A Level in Mathematics opens doors to many careers whilst closing none.