Since everyone has to study maths at GCSE it is worth remembering that a Grade 5 or above is crucial to progressing towards a maths related career.
At A level there are a number of different options available from core maths, pure maths, further maths and statistics, and there are a shortage of people going into jobs that use lots of maths!
A level Mathematics is the most popular A level subject. It involves studying:
· pure maths – use of algebra, graphical techniques and new material such as calculus
· statistics – including analysis of data, interpretation of graphs such as scatter diagrams, and new topics including the Normal distribution and hypothesis testing
· and mechanics – studying the motion of objects by considering forces and interpreting graphs representing motion.
A level Mathematics is a requirement for certain degree courses, such as Engineering, Physics, Statistics, and often Economics. Although not a requirement, A level Mathematics is a typical subject taken by students on courses as wide ranging as Architecture, Law and Psychology.
A level Mathematics is useful for those interested in apprenticeships in Accounting, Engineering, Teaching and Technology. You can view more information about studying maths beyond GCSE on the AMSP website.
You can gain a variety of different skills from maths including problem solving, data analysis, attention to detail and communication skills.
Selection of jobs using the subject Maths
- Accounting technician
- Acoustics consultant
- Aerospace engineer
- Air traffic controller
- Bank manager
- Civil engineer
- Credit controller
- Cyber intelligence officer
- Data analyst-statistician
- Electrical engineer
- Finance officer
- Financial adviser
- Insurance underwriter
- Investment analyst
- Research scientist
- Software developer
- Tax adviser
Do a free, short, online course to find out more about maths (looks great on your CV too!)
- Flexagons and the math behind twisted paper
- Basic science: Understanding numbers
- Maths puzzles: Cryptarithms, symbologies and secret codes
Or view other free online courses in maths
Examples of apprenticeships that relate to maths:
- Payroll Administrator - Level:3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E). Typical length:18 months
- Actuarial technician - Level 4 (equivalent to certificate of higher education). Typical length: 24 months
- Financial services administrator- Level:3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E). Typical length:12 months
- Assistant Accountant - Level:3 (equivalent to A levels at grades a to E). Typical length:18 months
- Workplace Pensions (administrator or consultant) - Level:3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E). Typical length:18 months
- Financial Services professional - Level:6 (equivalent to bachelor's degree). Typical length:42 months
- Motor Finance Specialist - Level:3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E). Typical length:24 months
- Investment operations technician - Level: 3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E). Typical length: 18 months
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Examples of degree courses that relate to maths:
BBC Bitesize Career Videos
You can watch a great series of videos of young people who are working in jobs that use maths on the BBC Bitesize website.