The main reason for studying Mathematics at A Level is that it is interesting and enjoyable. People like its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. The solution of a problem has an excitement and a satisfaction. It is useful in a variety of careers and is probably one of the most marketable of A Level subjects.
Sixth Form Mathematics classes at Dunottar are taught in small groups and pupils are encouraged to participate and share in discussions. The Mathematics staff are well qualified and approachable, so if there are any difficulties they can be ironed out as they arise. We often enter a team in the Senior Mathematics Team Challenge which is much enjoyed by the participants.
Pupils are also able to study Further Mathematics at A Level.
Mathematics provides a sound foundation for pupils wanting to go on to university to study Mathematics or any subject which uses Mathematics including Physics, Engineering, Economics and Computing. Other university courses which recommend an A Level in Mathematics include Law, Medicine, Business, Architecture, Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Land Economy, Geography, Geology, Psychology and Veterinary Medicine.
At A Level pupils sit 3 equally weighted 2 hour papers. Two in pure mathematics and one in applied mathematics (50:50 split between statistics and mechanics).