Studying Maths has never been as important as it is today. It is the foundation of all the sciences and anyone aiming to study a scientific subject at university should consider it. It is also one of the most sought after subjects by employers in any field. But most importantly, it is interesting, challenging and fun! At Tallis, our enthusiastic teaching team has an excellent record of success over many years in preparing students to succeed at Maths and Further Maths A-level.
In recent years we’ve placed students at Cambridge University, Oxford University, Warwick University and at Imperial College for mathematics, so we have a good record at getting the best out of our mathematicians. If you’re interested in taking STEP papers for Oxbridge entrance and the like, we offer coaching from Oxbridge and Imperial maths undergraduates in addition to high-quality teaching from experienced staff. We know maths is a challenging subject. We ask our students to take an algebra test to confirm their suitability prior to joining the course, as we want you to pick subjects in which you’ll succeed. A-level mathematics students focus on pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics. Further Maths students must also study A-level Mathematics and their course also includes harder problems and topics in pure maths, mechanics and decision maths. Maths students are expected to be able to use technology to support their learning, as well as to handle and solve problems involving large data sets. The subject has a strong emphasis on modelling, problem-solving and reasoning. To be a successful mathematician you need to be logical, persistent, and hard-working.
As an alternative to A-level maths, we offer a Mathematical Studies qualification. This is a one year course suitable for those achieving grade 5 or better at GCSE, and is worth the same UCAS points as half an A-level. It gives you the opportunity to learn about maths in the real world: mortgages and loans, tax and national insurance and the use and misuse of statistics in the media. We also develop our statistical knowledge in the context of real world problems. The maths used in this course is particularly useful for those studying social sciences such as sociology or psychology and also fits really well with biology and business and finance related subjects. All of these subjects at university are very likely to insist that you take a statistics course as part of your degree and Mathematical Studies in the sixth form would mean you waltzed through this part of your BA - students with only GCSE maths often say this is the bit of their degree that was most difficult. Mathematical studies also looks great on a UCAS form and it's out of the way by the end of Year 12 so you can really concentrate on your other three subjects - but with bonus UCAS points in the bag.
Tallis proposes to run Computer Science A-level from September 2018. The subject involves analytical, creative, and logical thinking and is strongly mathematical in nature. Computer scientists analyse and model problems, and design and implement solutions, whilst building a deep understanding of technology. To apply for Computer Science and the like at university you must also study A-level Maths.
For those of you who just missed your 4 at GCSE we also offer a GCSE Maths retake course.
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