Students choose to study Mathematics in the Sixth Form for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it is a rich and intellectually demanding subject which calls for mental discipline and clear, logical thinking. As such, it is very highly regarded by universities and employers alike, irrespective of your chosen career direction.
Secondly, Mathematics forms the basis of many fields of study in Engineering and the Physical Sciences, and is therefore a prerequisite for further development in these areas. Moreover, recent trends have seen the applicability of Mathematics expand way beyond these traditional fields.
The subject is increasingly used to solve complex problems of Management and Finance, particularly in industry, and also for research in Economics, Geography and the Biological Sciences.
A wide range of career options also means a chance to earn more money: a recent study, conducted by economists at the University of Swansea, showed that Maths and Computing degrees make the biggest difference to lifetime earnings. On average, a graduate of any degree can expect to earn £149,760 more in his or her lifetime than a person leaving education with two A-Levels. For Maths and Computing graduates, this figure rises to over £220,000!
Further Mathematics is a separate A-Level to Mathematics which extends the core topics and introduces new material normally encountered during the first year of a degree course. It is therefore a particularly demanding A-Level although many find it even more exciting and rewarding than single Maths.
Anyone considering studying Engineering, Mathematics or Economics at a top university must study this subject.